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 24: Social mobilization theory in HR and employment relations

Lorraine Ryan, Caroline Murphy and Daniel Troy


Conflict can be expressed in many different ways both in society and the workplace. When individuals feel a sense of injustice they may take action together in an effort to change the situation. How and why do individuals acquire a sense of injustice and how does it come to be seen as being collective? Mobilization theory seeks to explain critical factors such as attribution, power and leadership that influence the capacity of a group of individuals to engage in collective action.

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