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Union partnership as a facilitator to HRM: Improving implementation through oppositional engagement
Leeds University Business School.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Karlstad Business School.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9902-8182
Leeds University, Business School.
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Human Resource Management, ISSN 0958-5192, E-ISSN 1466-4399Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This paper provides a nuanced insight into the workplace level interactions between a union and HRM systems within a union-management partnership arrangement. Soft outcomes of HRM systems typically suffer from compromised implementation by managers struggling to balance competing operational priorities, but we show how a union limits this poor implementation. Qualitative and documentary data were retrieved from a major UK retailer and a trade union to examine how union activity interacts with HRM delivery. Firstly, union communication systems enhanced or replaced company systems of employee voice. Secondly, union activity policed management implementation of HRM practices to limit their subjugation to short-term productivity increases, improving outcomes for employees and the HRM system for the company. These outcomes were achieved through oppositional engagement within the context of partnership, which points towards a persisting and productive pluralism within the cooperative rhetoric.

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London: Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.
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Union partnership, HRM implementation, retail sector, pluralism
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Working Life Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-66336DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2017.1399431OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-66336DiVA, id: diva2:1182659
Available from: 2018-02-14 Created: 2018-02-14 Last updated: 2018-02-22Bibliographically approved

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