Workplace industrial relations and training

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Author: Heyes, Jason

Abstract:

In this chapter, the author provides a review of the existing literature on training and workplace industrial relations and examines the interests of managers, unions and employees as they relate to training. The first section discusses the issue of vocational education and training (VET) and organisational competitive performance and highlights the key themes of the chapter. The author demonstrates how the economics and human resource management literature has drawn academic enquiry away from the social dimension of skill formation and draws attention to the consequential limited understanding of the industrial relations implications of training. The following section looks at the influence of employers and trade unions on training activity and the issue of 'social partnership' between these two groups in relation to training. Areas where possible conflicts of interest may arise are noted. The final section returns to issues of training and competitiveness and illustrates the key role of production politics in determining the performance outcomes of training activity.

The volume from which this paper is taken is indexed at TD/TNC 70.226. Individual papers are indexed from TD/TNC 70.227 to TD/TNC 70.235.

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In this chapter, the author provides a review of the existing literature on training and workplace industrial relations and examines the interests of managers, unions and employees as they relate to training. The first section discusses the issue of vocational education and training (VET) and organisational competitive performance and highlights the key themes of the chapter. The author demonstrates how the economics and human resource management literature has drawn academic enquiry away from the social dimension of skill formation and draws attention to the consequential limited ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Vocational education and training; Industry; Skills and knowledge; Management; Economics; Research; Employment

Keywords: Union; Human capital; Human resources; Workplace; Economic factor; Attitude; Labour relations; Employees; Employers

Published: London, England: Macmillan Press, 2000

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Book Title: Training in the workplace: critical perspectives on learning at work / edited by Helen Rainbird.

Pages: pp.148-168

Series:
Management, work and organisations

ISBN: 0333616723

Statement of responsibility: Jason Heyes

Notes:
Series editors: Gibson Burrell, Mick Marchington, Paul Thompson

Resource type: Book chapter

Call Number:
TD/TNC 70.230



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