Enterprise without unions: the management or employee relations in non-union firms

Ian McLoughlin, Stephen Gourlay

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Employee relations in non‐union settings remain largely uninvestigated by industrial relations researchers. This article examines the management of employee relations in establishments in high technology industries in the Southeast of England ‐ a sector and locality frequently identified with high levels of non‐unionism. Moreover, high technology firms are frequently seen as exemplars of new human resource management techniques designed to substitute for unions. Our data from postal and interview surveys of 115 establishments suggests that HRM is only one, and by no means the dominant, approach to managing employee relations in high technology establishments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)669-691
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Management Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992
Externally publishedYes

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