Inter-organizational relations and employment in a multi-employer environment

Jill Rubery, Fang Lee Cooke, Jill Earnshaw, Mick Marchinston

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This study focuses on the employment dimensions of inter-organizational relations, taking as an example a large regional airport. The dense and complex relationships that emerge in a multi-agency setting are highlighted to illustrate the tensions and contradictions that characterize the management of workers in an environment where contracting and recontracting predominate. These findings suggest that there is a need, on the one hand, to include inter-organizational relations in the study of the employment relationship and, on the other hand, to reinsert employment issues into the analysis of inter-organizational contracting and partnerships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-289
Number of pages25
JournalBritish Journal of Industrial Relations
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

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