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New Directions In The Study Of Work And Employment

Revitalizing Industrial Relations as an Academic Enterprise

Charles J. Whalen

Edited by Charles J. Whalen, Principal Analyst, Macroeconomic Analysis Division, Congressional Budget Office, Washington, DC, US

2008 264 pp Hardback 978 1 84720 452 3
ebook isbn 978 1 84844 520 8

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‘Where is the field of industrial relations going? How can it be rejuvenated? How can it be reformulated to deal with current problems? These are among the difficult questions this stimulating book addresses.’
– George Strauss, University of California, Berkeley, US

Contributors: J.W. Budd, J. Cutcher-Gershenfeld, J. Godard, W.B. Gould IV, B.E. Kaufman, J. Kitay, T.A. Kochan, R.D. Lansbury, D.B. Lipsky, I. Ness, B. Nissen, M.J. Piore, K. Quan, R.L. Seeber, J. Shadduck-Hernández, D. Taras, N. Wailes, C.J. Whalen, K. Wong

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Charles Whalen’s book identifies avenues leading to the revitalization of industrial relations as an academic discipline. The contributors, a stellar assemblage of the field’s leading scholars, demonstrate there is much work to be done: the scope and intellectual content of industrial relations need to be reconsidered; academic and social institutions must be reshaped; and new conceptual and practical issues demand attention.

The contributors to this volume examine a broad range of issues. Some chapters explore the conceptual boundaries and core assumptions of the field. Others probe how industrial relations correlates with social capital, the law and globalization. Still others outline new approaches to academic programs and institutions, labor and employment journals, and the integration of teaching and community service. A wrap-up chapter by MIT’s Thomas Kochan ties all this together and presents additional insights on the revitalization of the field.

Industrial relations scholars, labor studies, sociology and business professors as well as many practitioners will find much to recommend in this book.

Full table of contents



Introduction: New Directions in the Study of Work and Employment
Charles J. Whalen

1. Reconceptualizing Industrial Relations in a Global, Knowledge-driven Economy
Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

2. The Original Industrial Relations Paradigm: Foundation for Revitalizing the Field
Bruce E. Kaufman

3. A Meta-paradigm for Revitalizing Industrial Relations
John W. Budd

4. An Institutional Environments Approach to Industrial Relations
John Godard

5. Social Capital and the Labor Movement
David B. Lipsky and Ronald L. Seeber

6. Industrial Relations and the Law
William B. Gould IV

7. How Industrial Relations is Marginalized in Business Schools: Using Institutional Theory to Examine Our Home Base
Daphne Taras

8. Let a Thousand Journals Bloom: The Precarious Landscape of Labor and Employment Publishing
Immanuel Ness, Bruce Nissen and Charles J. Whalen

9. Revitalizing Industrial Relations
Michael J. Piore

10. Varieties of Capitalism and Employment Relations under Globalization: Evidence from the Auto Industry
Nick Wailes, Russell D. Lansbury and Jim Kitay

11. Evolving Labor Relations in the Women’s Apparel Industry
Katie Quan

12. Immigrant Workers and the New American Labor Movement
Kent Wong and Janna Shadduck-Hernández

Conclusion: The Future of Industrial Relations, a.k.a. Work and Employment Relations
Thomas A. Kochan


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