Exploring Employee Relations

2nd Edition

An International Approach

Authors: Mike Leat
Paperback ISBN: 9780750669399
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 24th November 2006
Page Count: 464


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Exploring Employee Relations is a straightforward and accessible text that is aimed at students who are taking the subject for the first time. The structure is clear and logical, leading the newcomer through the topics in a way to maximise comprehension. Key issues are highlighted and supported by a small case or example from business. Chapters are structured to enable progressive learning with a logical development of the content. Each chapter ends with a summary of the key points met in the text and these are further reinforced by review and discussion questions, with answers and feedback on the activities included at the end of the book. The chapters are grouped thematically into parts and longer case studies are included that are suitable for assignment and seminar work.

This new edition is thoroughly revised with a new international approach which provides new material on the European Union and the role of Government and Demography, bargaining power and securing employee commitment. The text has also been written to cover the new CIPD employee relations syllabus

Key Features

  • A clear introductory text covering the CIPD Employee Relations syllabus
  • Revised and updated throughout with new material on the European Union, the role and impact of government and demography, bargaining power and ways of securing employee commitment
  • Student friendly resource providing self check activities, mini case studies and Question and Answer sections


Final year undergraduates undertaking Employment/Employee/Industrial Relations, International Employee Relations/ International HRM. CIPD Employee relations courses.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Employee relations and the employment relationship. Definitions of employee relations The employment relationship A psychological contract? Interests and expectations. Forms of attachment, compliance and commitment Compliance Commitment Conflict, cooperation and perspectives Unitarism Pluralism Radical/Marxist A legal contract and the relevance of ideology The quality of employee relations An industrial relations system Processes Criticisms of the Dunlop model A framework for studying employee relations Chapter summary

Chapter 2. The nature of work Introduction Taylorism - scientific management - Fordism Disadvantages of Fordism and the emergence of Post-Fordism Flexible Specialisation. The flexible firm Other competitive production strategies Job re-design and the search for commitment, flexibility and quality Commitment, intrinsic satisfaction, involvement and functional flexibility Japanization? Quality, involvement and commitment as competitive advantage The quality circle Team Working Total Quality Management (TQM) Just-in-Time (JIT) Incidence and impact of the new production strategies [en] perceptions and Conclusions Chapter summary.

Chapter 3 Globalization, multinational corporations and employee relations. Introduction Globalization Multinational corporations Definition Scale and nature of multinational activity and FDI FDI advantages and disadvantages MNC approaches to the manageme


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About the Author

Mike Leat

Affiliations and Expertise

Head of Subject Group (Human Resource Management), Plymouth Business School, UK


‘The best feature is the shift towards giving more attention to the influence of the EU, globalization and a deeper look at the nature of the labour market. I would like to see a second edition of the text published. After a fallow period, ER is an expanding area of interest again.’ John Kimberley, University of Central England ‘Generally seems in line with previous text – which was quite student friendly, generally a popular text on the subject. Required reading – one of 2 texts recommended for purchase… Leat or Blyton & Turnbull: Dynamics of Employee Relations’ Ian Roper, Middlesex University ‘Yes – would meet the needs of the module for which I have been using it – a third year undergrad module on Employee Relations which forms part of a number of different Business subject degrees. For use in my post grad teaching (part of the CIPD accredited MSc in HRM) the text would need the additional chapter on handling conflict/industrial action referred to. The increasing number of international students on both UG and PG programmes would make a more generic text (as described) useful. Main text for undergrad ER module – approx 100 students per year. Could also be one of number of recommended texts for PG modules – varying numbers. Have been using the first edition for UG module – was planning to change to a more up to date text.’ Fiona Oldham, Napier University