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Contested resources: unions, employers, and the adoption of new work practices in US and UK telecommunications

Ramirez, Matias and Guy, Frederick and Beale, David (2007) Contested resources: unions, employers, and the adoption of new work practices in US and UK telecommunications. British Journal of Industrial Relations 45 (3), pp. 495-517. ISSN 0007-1080.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8543.2007.00625.x

Abstract

The pattern of adoption of high-performance work practices has been explained in terms of strategic contingency and in terms of union presence. We compare the post-deregulation/privatization changes in work practice at AT&T, Bell Atlantic and British Telecom. On the basis of these cases, we argue that the choice of new work practices should be understood as a consequence not only of the company's resources or changes in its environment, nor of a simple union presence, but also as a consequence of the practices' effects on union power, the nature of the union's engagement, and the union's strategic choices.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Management
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2007 11:24
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/628

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