Elgar Introduction to Theories of Human Resources and Employment Relations
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Elgar Introduction to Theories of Human Resources and Employment Relations

Edited by Keith Townsend, Kenneth Cafferkey, Aoife M. McDermott and Tony Dundon

This Elgar Introduction provides an overview of some of the key theories that inform human resource management and employment relations as a field of study.
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Chapter 5: Cracking labour process theory in employment relations and HRM

Shiona Chillas and Alina Baluch

Abstract

This chapter charts the development of labour process theory as a critical perspective on employee relations. It notes the substantial contributions made by this approach, identifying trends in the nature of work, skills and technology, also commenting on managerial regimes such as HRM. Careful husbandry has ensured that core LPT remains robust as the nature of capitalism alters. However, cracks have emerged, filled by importing and integrating explanatory concepts that stray from the core. Ongoing dialogue within the tradition continues to refine the scope of LPT ensuring its continued relevance in contemporary workplace research.

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