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  1. Key Texts 4 items
    Given demand for Library copies, it is important to purchase at least one of these texts and a suggestion is that you purchase texts jointly with people on the course and then share the texts as necessary. Ideally have a look at all of them before you buy, to make an informed judgement as to which works best for you.
    1. Industrial relations: theory and practice - Trevor Colling, Mike Terry 2010

      Book essential This is an edited collection of chapters by leading experts in different areas. It is a challenging text with a strong emphasis is on critical analysis.

    2. The dynamics of employee relations - Paul Blyton, Peter Turnbull 2004

      Book essential This is a readable introduction to the subject and also provides the kind of critical analysis which is essential for the course.

    3. Employment relations - Ed Rose 2008

      Book essential This provides a solid basic introduction to employment relations, although it lacks the critical analysis of Blyton and Turnbull.

    4. Employment Relations Matters - K Sisson 2010

      Webpage essential This is an extended project by a leading scholar with two intended audiences: those who teach/study in the area and practitioners/policy makers.

  2. Other useful texts 7 items
    1. The dynamics of managing diversity: a critical approach - Gill Kirton, Anne Marie Greene 2016

      Book recommended This is the fourth edition of the leading textbook on equality and diversity issues and employment. The previous (third) edition is also very useful.

    2. Introduction To Collective Bargaining and Industrial Relations - Harry C. Katz

      Book recommended This book is a comprehensive introduction to industrial relations in the United States by leading US experts. We will not be focusing on the detail of US employment relations, but aspects of this book will be useful.

    3. Reassessing the employment relationship - Paul Blyton, Edmund Heery, Peter Turnbull 2011

      Book recommended Leading scholars’ reflections on contemporary work-related issues.

    4. Industrial relations: theory and practice 2003

      Book recommended A wide-ranging discussion of employment relations by a group of leading scholars.

    5. Employment relations in the shadow of recession: findings from the 2011 Workplace Employment Relations Study - Brigid van Wanrooy 2013

      Book recommended This provides a commentary on the results of the most comprehensive survey of workplaces in Britain (‘WERS’). A short version of this book is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/175479/13-535-the-2011-workplace-employment-relations-study-first-findings1.pdf (Be aware that this is a very large PDF file which may take some time to download and/or print).

    6. Inside the workplace: findings from the 2004 workplace employment relations survey - Barbara Kersley 2006

      Book recommended Commentary on the previous WERS 2004. The last two chapters are particularly useful. A short version of this book is available at: http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file11423.pdf (Again a very large PDF file). This and previous books on previous WERS/WIRS are very useful in terms of tracking changes over time and helping make sense of the most recent findings in the 2011 WERS.

    7. The politics of working life - Paul Edwards, Judy Wajcman 2005

      Book recommended This book, by two leading scholars, does not deal directly with employment relations but is very readable and useful for understanding issues addressed on the module.

  3. Useful Journals 12 items
    1. British journal of industrial relations - London School of Economics and Political Science, EBSCO Publishing (Firm)

      Journal recommended

    2. Working USA. - EBSCO Publishing (Firm)

      Journal recommended

    3. Employee relations - MCB University Press, Emerald (Firm)

      Journal recommended

    4. Capital & class - Conference of Socialist Economists, EBSCO Publishing (Firm)

      Journal recommended

    5. Gender, work, and organization - EBSCO Publishing (Firm)

      Journal recommended

    6. Human resource management journal - Industrial Relations Services, EBSCO Publishing (Firm)

      Journal recommended

    7. Industrial relations journal - EBSCO Publishing (Firm)

      Journal recommended

    8. International journal of human resource management - EBSCO Publishing (Firm), Ingenta (Firm)

      Journal recommended

    9. Industrial relations - University of California, Berkeley. Institute of Industrial Relations, EBSCO Publishing (Firm)

      Journal recommended

    10. The Journal of industrial relations - Industrial Relations Society of Australia, Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association

      Journal recommended

    11. Transfer: European review of labour and research - European Trade Union Institute

      Journal recommended

  4. Other useful resources 14 items
    Always be sensitive to the sources you are using – be clear who is writing and for what audience and from what perspective. General internet searches usually are not helpful. It is highly recommended, if using Google Scholar to find academic articles that you read articles which have been published in the journals listed above or referred to in the bibliographies of articles on the reading lists.
    1. The Times

      Journal further reading

  5. Weeks 1 & 2 - Introducing the Employment Relationship 14 items
    What is the employment relationship? How does the employment relationship differ from other economic and societal relationships? What is meant by terms such as employment relations, industrial relations and human resource management? What is meant by the term “employment relations system”? How can we understand the employment relationship? What role does power play? How have employment relations developed over time?
    1. Core Reading 3 items
      1. Industrial relations: theory and practice - Trevor Colling, Mike Terry 2010

        Book recommended Read - Chapter 1

      2. The dynamics of employee relations - Paul Blyton, Peter Turnbull 2004

        Book recommended Read Part 1

      3. Employment Relations Matters - K Sisson 2010

        Webpage recommended Read - Introduction: Studying employment relations.

    2. Further Readings 11 items
      1. Industrial relations: theory and practice 2003

        Book further reading Read "The Employment Relationship" pp 8-23

      2. Employment relations - Ed Rose 2008

        Book further reading Read part 1 esp pp 3-43

      3. Introduction To Collective Bargaining and Industrial Relations - Harry C. Katz

        Book further reading Read Chapter 1

      4. Whats the Point of Industrial Relations? - Linda Clarke, Eddy Donnelly, Richard Hymane, John Kelly

        Article further reading

      5. Ideas at work - Marco Hauptmeier, Edmund Heery 11/10/2014

        Article further reading

      6. Man mismanagement - Alan Fox 1991

        Book further reading Esp pp 13-26

      7. Employment relations: the psychology of influence and control at work - Jean Hartley, G. M. Stephenson 1992

        Book further reading Read - "Constructing Control" by T Keenoy pp 91-96

  6. Week 3 - Understanding Managers 14 items
    Understanding managers as central actors in the employment relationship. What do managers do in the employment relationship? Does the sector of the economy change the role of management? How do managers get things done- consent or coercion?
    1. Core Reading 3 items
      1. Industrial relations: theory and practice - Trevor Colling, Mike Terry 2010

        Book recommended Read Chapter 4 - Management: Caught between competing views of the organization by K Sisson and J Purcell

    2. Further Readings 11 items
      1. Introduction To Collective Bargaining and Industrial Relations - Harry C. Katz

        Book further reading Read Chapter 5

      2. Industrial relations: theory and practice - Trevor Colling, Mike Terry 2010

        Book further reading Read Chapter 10 - "Industrial Relations in Small Firms" by M Ram & P Edwards

      3. Employment relations - Ed Rose 2008

        Book further reading Read Chapters 2 & 7

      4. Industrial relations: theory and practice - Trevor Colling, Mike Terry 2010

        Book further reading Read "Industrial Relations in the Private Sector" by J Arrowsmith

      5. Reassessing the employment relationship - Paul Blyton, Edmund Heery, Peter Turnbull 2011

        Book further reading Read Chapter 10 - Institutions, investors and managers: the impact of governance on the employment relationship by D Nash

      6. Normalized Intensity: The New Labour Process of Middle Management - Leo McCann, Jonathan Morris, John Hassard 11/03/2008

        Article further reading

  7. Week 4 - Employees & Trade Unions 12 items
    What are employee interests? Do these converge or diverge from managers? What are the underlying tensions and contradictions of their position? How do employees get power? What role do unions play for workers? What are the trends of unionisation in the UK? What effects does this have on the employment relationship?
    1. Core Readomgs 3 items
      1. The dynamics of employee relations - Paul Blyton, Peter Turnbull 2004

        Book recommended Read Part 2

      2. Industrial relations: theory and practice - Trevor Colling, Mike Terry 2010

        Book recommended Read Chapter 6 - Trade Unions: Power and Influence in a Changed Context by Sims & Charlwood

      3. Industrial relations: theory and practice - Trevor Colling, Mike Terry 2010

        Book recommended Read Chapter 12 - "Employee Representation" by M Terry

    2. Further Readings 9 items
      1. Reconceptualising employee silence - Jimmy Donaghey, Niall Cullinane, Tony Dundon, Adrian Wilkinson 03/2011

        Article further reading

      2. Low-wage employment in America: results from a set of recent industry case studies - E. Appelbaum, Annette Bernhardt, Richard Murnane, Jeremy Weinberg 01/05/2005

        Article further reading

  8. Week 5 - The State 16 items
    What is the state? Why is the employment relationship a key focus of public policy? How do states shape employment relations? What functions do states perform in employment relations?
    1. Core Reading 3 items
      1. Industrial relations: theory and practice - Trevor Colling, Mike Terry 2010

        Book recommended Read Chapter 5 - State, Capital and Labour Relations in Crisis by J Heyes & P Nolan

      2. Industrial relations: theory and practice - Trevor Colling, Mike Terry 2010

        Book recommended Read Chapter 10 - The Changing Legal Framework of Employment Relations by L Dickens & M Hall

    2. Further Readings 13 items
      1. Industrial relations: theory and practice - Trevor Colling, Mike Terry 2010

        Book further reading Read Chapter 7 - Public Sector Industrial Relations. The Challenge of Modernization by S Bach

      2. Industrial relations: theory and practice - Trevor Colling, Mike Terry 2010

        Book further reading Read Chapter 2 - British Industrial Relations: Between Security and Flexibility by C Crouch

      3. Industrial relations: theory and practice 2003

        Book further reading Read "The State: Economic Management and Incomes Policy" by C Crouch

      4. The dynamics of employee relations - Paul Blyton, Peter Turnbull 2004

        Book further reading Read Chapter 6

      5. Employment relations - Ed Rose 2008

        Book further reading Read Chapter 4

      6. Industrial relations: theory and practice - Trevor Colling, Mike Terry 2010

        Book further reading Read Chapter 13 - "The Changing Legal Framework of Employment Relations" by L Dickens & M Hall

      7. Industrial relations: theory and practice - P. K. Edwards 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book further reading Read "Labour Law and Industrial Relations: A new Settlement?" BY L Dickens & M Hall

      8. The Entrepreneurial State - Mariana Mazzucato 2011

        Document further reading

  9. Week 6 - Conflict, Co-operation & Reistance 14 items
    Conflict, Co-operation and Resistance in the employment relationship: is conflict an inherent feature of employment? Strike patterns and discussion of other expressions of conflict. Debates about the employment relationship as a series of structured antagonisms, where cooperation may be as common as conflict
    1. Core Readings 3 items
      1. The dynamics of employee relations - Paul Blyton, Peter Turnbull 2004

        Book recommended Read Chapter 10 - The dynamic of Industrial Conflict

      2. Changing expressions of conflict. - K Sisson 2010

        Document recommended

    2. Further Readings 11 items
      1. Employment relations - Ed Rose 2008

        Book further reading Read Chapter 9 pp 411-424

      2. Introduction To Collective Bargaining and Industrial Relations - Harry C. Katz

        Book further reading Read Chapter 8 - The Negotiation Process and Strikes

      3. The changing face of work: insights from Acas - Gill Dix, Sir Brendan Barber 05/10/2015

        Article further reading

      4. What Has Happened to Strikes? - John Godard 06/2011

        Article further reading

      5. Unfair to whom? Discipline and dismissal in small establishments - Jill Earnshaw, Mick Marchington, John Goodman 03/2000

        Article further reading

  10. Week 7: Involvement, Participation and Voice at Work 13 items
    Union representation has declined greatly but other forms of representation have emerged. What forms of “voice” are now present in workplaces? How does direct and indirect forms of representation differ? In whose interests are different forms of involvement and participation?
    1. Core Reading 3 items
      1. Industrial relations: theory and practice - Trevor Colling, Mike Terry 2010

        Book essential Read Chapter 12 - "Employee Representation" by M Terry

      2. Changing Patterns of Employee Voice: Case Studies from the UK and Republic of Ireland - Adrian Wilkinson, Tony Dundon, Mick Marchington, Peter Ackers 09/2004

        Article essential

      3. Handbook of research on employee voice 2015

        Book essential Read Chapter 1 - Employee Voice: Chartering New Terrain pp 3-16

    2. Further Readings 10 items
      1. The politics of working life - Paul Edwards, Judy Wajcman 2005

        Book further reading Read Chapter 6 - Why is Empowerment Hard to Achieve?

      2. The dynamics of employee relations - Paul Blyton, Peter Turnbull 2004

        Book further reading Read Chapter 8

      3. New approaches to employee voice and participation in organizations - John W Budd, Paul J Gollan, Adrian Wilkinson 03/2010

        Article further reading

      4. Reassessing the employment relationship - Paul Blyton, Edmund Heery, Peter Turnbull 2011

        Book further reading Read "Assessing Voice: the debate over worker representation! by E Heery

      5. Industrial relations: theory and practice - Trevor Colling, Mike Terry 2010

        Book further reading Read "Management: Caught Between Competing Views of the Organisation" by Sisson & Purcell

  11. Week 8 - Pay 13 items
    What factors influence managerial approaches to both the level of pay and the system of reward? How do systems of reward fit into wider managerial strategy?
    1. Core Reading 3 items
      1. Industrial relations: theory and practice - Trevor Colling, Mike Terry 2010

        Book further reading Read Chapter 15 - Pay and Working Time: Shifting Contours of the Employment Relationship by Grimshaw & Rubery

      2. Wages and the Labour Market - Jill Rubery 09/1997

        Article further reading

    2. Further Readings 10 items
      1. The Theory and Practice of Pay Setting - A Bryson, J Forth 2006

        Document further reading

      2. Managing human resources: human resource management in transition - Stephen Bach, Martin R. Edwards c2013

        Book further reading Read "Remuneration Systems" by I Kessler

      3. Employment relations - Ed Rose 2008

        Book further reading Read Chapter 5 - Collective bargaining, pay determination and workplace relations

      4. Inequality, Ideology and Industrial Relations - Richard Hyman 07/1974

        Article further reading [on the concept of 'occupational worth']

      5. Industrial relations: theory and practice - P. K. Edwards 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book further reading Read Chapter 17 - "Low Pay and the National Minimum Wage" - by J Rubery & P Edwards

      6. Falling Real Wages - D Blanchflower, S Machin 2014

        Document further reading

  12. Week 9: Equality and Inequality 11 items
    Why are some groups advantaged or disadvantaged in the labour market? How does this impact at the organisational and individual level? What role does equality legislation and policies play? What is the role of a ‘managing diversity’ approach?
    1. Core Readings 3 items
      1. Industrial relations: theory and practice - Trevor Colling, Mike Terry 2010

        Book essential Read Chapter 18 - "Equality and Diversity: The Ultimate Industrial Relations Concern by D Dean & S Liff

    2. Further Readings 8 items
      1. The dynamics of managing diversity: a critical approach - Gill Kirton, Anne Marie Greene 2016

        Book further reading Read Chapter 3 - Theorising Patterns of Labour Market Segregation and Inequality & Chapter 6 - Equality, Diversity and the Law

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