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Industrial relations system transformation

Erickson, Christopher and Kuruvilla, Sarosh (1998) Industrial relations system transformation. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 52 (1). pp. 3-21. ISSN 0019-7939

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Identification Number: 10.1177/001979399805200101


The authors use two models from biological science—the evolutionary model of gradual adaptation, and the contrasting punctuated equilibrium theory that posits occasional periods of rapid, fundamental change punctuating longer periods of stability—to define industrial relations system “transformation” and explore its implications. An industrial relations system can be said to have undergone transformation, they argue, when the network of basic assumptions and principles underlying that system, or its “deep structure,” is changed, and such change can occur either through gradual adaptation or through abrupt revolution. They apply this conceptual framework to industrial relations system changes in Sweden, South Africa, New Zealand, and the United States.

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Additional Information: © 1998 Cornell University
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 14 May 2018 15:28
Last Modified: 15 May 2024 23:42

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