'When the Going Gets Tough’…: Recession and the Resilience of Workplace Partnership

Butler, P., Glover, L. and Tregaskis, Olga (2011) 'When the Going Gets Tough’…: Recession and the Resilience of Workplace Partnership. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 49 (4). pp. 666-687. ISSN 1467-8543

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Abstract

Drawing on longitudinal research in an engineering multinational corporation, this article considers the resilience of workplace partnership under conditions of retrenchment. In line with extant literature, the twin influences of trade union power and competitive strategy are seen to significantly shape the durability of partnership. Beyond these determinants, trust and managerial skill and political sensitivity are deemed important moderators. The findings nonetheless suggest that the favourable alignment of these factors may not represent a sufficient bulwark in those situations where the axis of partnership is local, within the context of otherwise centrally coordinated industrial relations.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
Depositing User: Elle Green
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2011 13:38
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2019 13:27
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/35406
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2011.00862.x

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