Human resource

Critically assess the proposition that flexibility is equally advantageous for employers and workers, based on the

theories presented so far in this module.

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Some suggested readings include:
Brown, W. et al (eds) (2009) The Evolution of the Modern Workplace, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Busch, K, Hermann, C, Hinrichs, K and Schulten, T (2013) Bryson, A. and Freeman, R.B. (2007) ‘What Voice Do British

Workers Want?’ in R.B. Freeman, P. Boxall & P. Haynes (eds.) What Workers Say: Employee Voice in the Anglo-American

Workplace, Ithaca, NY: ILR Press.
Budd, J.W. (2004) Employment with a Human Face: Balancing Efficiency, Equity and Voice, Ithaca NY: ILR Press, Chap.1

(Objectives of the employment relationship).
*Coats, D. (2009) ‘The Sunlit Uplands or Bleak House? Just How Good Are Today’s Workplaces?’ in S.C. Boulton and M.

Houlihan (eds) Work Matters: Critical Reflections on Contemporary Work, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
*Colling, T and Terry, M (2010) ‘Work, the Employment Relationship and the Field of Industrial Relations’, in Colling, T

and Terry, M (eds.) (2010) Industrial Relations Theory and Practice, 3rd edition, Chichester: Wiley, 3 – 25.
Dore, R. P. (2000) Stock Market Capitalism, Welfare Capitalism: Japan, Germany versus the Anglo-Saxons, Oxford: Oxford

University Press, Chap 2, ‘A Society of Long-Term Commitments’.
Esping-Andersen, G. (1990) The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
European Industrial Relations Observatory:, annual surveys.
*Frege, C and Kelly, J (2013) (eds.) Comparative Employment Relations in the Global Economy, Abingdon: Routlege, ch. 2 (8

– 26).
Glyn, A. (2006) Capitalism Unleashed: Finance, Globalization, and Welfare, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
*Gregg, P. et al (eds) (2011) The Labour Market in Winter: The State of Working Britain, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Hyman, R. (1975) Industrial Relations: A Marxist Introduction, London: Macmillan.
*Keune, M. and Jepsen, M. (2007) ‘Not Balanced and Hardly New: The European Commission’s Quest for Flexicurity’ in H.

Jørgensen and P. K. Madsen (eds.), Flexicurity and Beyond. Copenhagen: DJØF Publishing.
Legge, K. (1995) Human Resource Management: Rhetorics and Realities, Houndmills: Palgrave, Chap 2, pp. 30–61.
*McGovern, P (2013) ‘The Experience of Work in Comparative Perspective’, in Frege, C and Kelly, J (2013) (eds.)

Comparative Employment Relations in the Global Economy, Abingdon: Routlege, 71 – 88.
McGovern, P. et al (2007) Market, Class and Employment. Oxford: OUP, Chap 2 The marketization of the employment

Milkman, R. (1998) ‘The New American Workplace: High Road or Low Road?’ in P. Thompson and C. Warhurst (eds.), Workplaces

of the Future, London: Macmillan Press, pp. 25-39.
*Moynagh, M. and Worsley, R. (2005) Working in the Twenty-First Century, Leeds: ESRC Future of Work Programme, Chap 17.
Nicholls, P ‘Context and theory in employee relations’ (2003), in Hollinshead, G., Nicholls, P. and Tailby, S. (2003)

Employee Relations, 2nd edition, London: FT Prentice Hall, 3 – 47.
OECD (1994) Jobs Study, Paris: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
*Rubery, J. and Fagan, C. (1994) ‘Does Feminization Mean a Flexible Labour Force?’, in R. Hyman, and A. Ferner (eds,) New

Frontiers in European Industrial Relations, Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 140–166.
Rubery, J. & Grimshaw, D. (2003) The Organization of Employment, London: Palgrave Macmillan, Chap. 10.
Sisson, K. and Purcell, J. (2010) ‘Management: Caught between Competing Views of the Organization’, in T. Colling and M.

Terry (eds) Industrial Relations: Theory and Practice, 3rd edition, Chichester: Wiley.
*TUC (2011) Britain’s Livelihood Crisis, London: Trades Union Congress, Touchstone Pamphlet 10, pp. 1-16, available to

download at:
*Van Wanrooy, B. et al (2013) Employment Relations in the Shadow of Recession: Findings from the 2011 Workplace

Employment Relations Study, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. available to download at:

Williams, S (2014) Introducing Employment Relations: A Critical Approach, 3nd edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press,

chapters 5 (141 – 174); 1 (1-32) and 2 (33 – 67).
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