From the British worker question to the impact of HRM: understanding the relationship between employment relations and economic performance

Authors


  • Stephen Procter is Alcan Professor of Management, Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University and Michael Rowlinson is Professor of Organization Studies, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary, University of London.

Stephen Procter, Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU; email: s.j.procter@ncl.ac.uk

ABSTRACT

The long-running UK debate over the relationship between employment relations and economic performance is examined. Its four phases are identified as: British worker question, British economic miracle, ‘what do unions do?’ and Human Resource Management (HRM) and performance. Change in the terms of debate is observed. Important common threads are identified. Recommendations for future research are made.

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