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The management of labour : a history of Australian employers /
Christopher Wright.
imprint
Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1995.
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xiv, 314 p. : ill.
ISBN
0195535499
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imprint
Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1995.
isbn
0195535499
catalogue key
1592215
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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...detailed study...a very useful addition to the historiography ofemployers and management and will provide British historians with a valuablereference point and source for compariative analysis. - Terence Rodgers. LabourHistory Review. Vol 63. Summer 1998.
...detailed study...a very useful addition to the historiography of employers and management and will provide British historians with a valuable reference point and source for compariative analysis. - Terence Rodgers. Labour History Review. Vol 63. Summer 1998.
"a dynamic and varied appraisal not just of employer-employee matters, but of social relationships and behavior more generally....the reader learns much about trade union activities, and the patterns of Australian economic history....Wright has written his book with exemplary and even creative diligence."--Labor History
"a dynamic and varied appraisal not just of employer-employee matters, but of social relationships and behavior more generally....the reader learns much about trade union activities, and the patterns of Australian economic history....Wright has written his book with exemplary and even creative diligence."-- Labor History
'A valuable addition to the literature. It fills many gaps in our knowledge and provides a judicious and balanced historical account of labour management strategies in the leading manufacturing corporations in Australia over the last century.'Business History
'A valuable addition to the literature. It fills many gaps in ourknowledge and provides a judicious and balanced historical account of labourmanagement strategies in the leading manufacturing corporations in Australiaover the last century.'Business History
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Summaries
Main Description
The Management of Labour analyses the policies and practices of Australian employers throughout the twentieth century, emphasising the links between enterprise-level initiatives and the broader environment of product and labour markets, government, arbitration tribunals, trade unions andemployer groups. Particular emphasis is placed on developments in employer practice during the last twenty years and the extent to which contemporary changes have followed earlier patterns of labour management. Such a history not only provides a gauge by which to assess the impact of currentreforms, but also highlights the danger of repeating the failures of the past.Management has become an increasingly popular area of research and inquiry in Australia. An ever expanding literature exists on personnel and human resource management, job redesign and new production techniques. Importantly however, much of this literature is either in the form ofoverseas-inspired, prescriptive texts, or investigations of the most recent developments in 'leading edge' firms. The historical development of Australian management's labour policies and practices remains an unexplored area. The basic argument of this book is that an historical understanding ofAustralian employer practice is essential if one is to make sense of contemporary developments in the management of industrial relations.This book provides a valuable source for anyone interested in understanding contemporary changes in Australian industrial relations and employer practice.
Main Description
The Management of Labour analyses the policies and practices of Australianemployers throughout the twentieth century, emphasising the links betweenenterprise-level initiatives and the broader environment of product and labourmarkets, government, arbitration tribunals, trade unions and employer groups.Particular emphasis is placed on developments in employer practice during thelast twenty years and the extent to which contemporary changes have followedearlier patterns of labour management. Such a history not only provides a gaugeby which to assess the impact of current reforms, but also highlights the dangerof repeating the failures of the past.Management has become an increasingly popular area of research and inquiry inAustralia. An ever expanding literature exists on personnel and human resourcemanagement, job redesign and new production techniques. Importantly however,much of this literature is either in the form of overseas-inspired, prescriptivetexts, or investigations of the most recent developments in 'leading edge'firms. The historical development of Australian management's labour policies andpractices remains an unexplored area. The basic argument of this book is that anhistorical understanding of Australian employer practice is essential if one isto make sense of contemporary developments in the management of industrialrelations.This book provides a valuable source for anyone interested in understandingcontemporary changes in Australian industrial relations and employerpractice.
Main Description
The Management of Labouranalyzes the policies and practices of Australian employers throughout the twentieth century, emphasizing the links between enterprise-level initiatives and the broader environment of product and labour markets, government, arbitration tribunals, trade unions and employer groups. Particular emphasis is placed on developments in employer practice during the last twenty years and the extent to which contemporary changes have followed earlier patterns of labour management.
Unpaid Annotation
This book argues that a historical understanding of Australian employer practice is essential if one is to make sense of contemporary developments in the management of industrial relations, and gives the reader the background and analysis necessary to reach that understanding. The Management of Labour analyses the policies and practices of Australian employers throughout the twentieth century, examining the links between enterprise-level initiatives and the broader environment of product and labour markets, government, arbitration tribunals, trade unions and employer groups.
Long Description
The Management of Labour analyzes the policies and practices of Australian employers throughout the twentieth century, emphasizing the links between enterprise-level initiatives and the broader environment of product and labour markets, government, arbitration tribunals, trade unions and employer groups. Particular emphasis is placed on developments in employer practice during the last twenty years and the extent to which contemporary changes have followed earlier patterns of labour management.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword
Contents
List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface
Introduction
The Formative Years, 1870s-1930s
Simple control and the beginnings of systematic labour management
The Growth of Bureaucracy, 1940s-1960s
Employment relations and the growth of the personnel function
Restructuring the shopfloor: the rise of scientific management
Dealing with trade unions: industrial relations management
Crisis and Experimentation, 1970s-1990s
From personnel to human resource management
The reorganisation of work and new production concepts
Management prerogative and industrial relations
Conclusion
Appendix
Bibliography
Notes
Index
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