'When the going gets tough’…: Recession and the resilience of workplace partnership

Peter Butler, Linda Glover, Olga Tregaskis

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Drawing on longitudinal research in an engineering multinational corporation, this article considers the resilience of workplace partnership under conditions of retrenchment. In line with extant literature, the twin influences of trade union power and competitive strategy are seen to significantly shape the durability of partnership. Beyond these determinants, trust and managerial skill and political sensitivity are deemed important moderators. The findings nonetheless suggest that the favourable alignment of these factors may not represent a sufficient bulwark in those situations where the axis of partnership is local, within the context of otherwise centrally coordinated industrial relations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)666-687
Number of pages22
JournalBritish Journal of Industrial Relations
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2011

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