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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MANM007 Module Title: INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
Module Provider: School of Management Short Name: M012
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: CROSSMAN AV Dr (SoM)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
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Module Overview

The content of the Industrial Relations module maps onto the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Industrial Relations module and forms part of an integrated programme of study accredited by the CIPD for Graduate membership. The module explorers the employer/employee relationship from a socio-economic perspective and exposes students to a variety of theoretical perspectives with which to identify and understand the dynamic nature of the employment relationship.

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to provide participants with an understanding of the development of industrial relations in the UK and the evolving role of trades unions, with some international comparisons. On completion of the module, participants should be able to provide accurate advice on legal framework of collective employee relations and should be able to assess how proposed developments are likely to affect management policies and procedures.

Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the components of employee relations theory and demonstrate a sound overarching knowledge
  • Understand and evaluate the role of the actors in Industrial Relations 
  • Evaluate and apply theories of employer/employee conflict and cooperation to a variety of scenarios 
  • Compare, contrast and evaluate international industrial relations systems with those of the UK
  • Use analytical tools to critically evaluate the dynamics of industrial conflict
Module Content
  • Introduction to industrial relations
  • Industrial relations in context
  • Actors in industrial relations
    • Trade unions
    • Management and the State
  • Collective bargaining and incomes determination
  • Industrial action
    • Theoretical perspectives
    • Case study
  • Employee participation and involvement
  • Industrial relations in Germany and Japan
    • European social policy and industrial relations
    • Industrial relations: international comparisons
  • Changing approaches to industrial relations
Methods of Teaching/Learning
  • Lectures/Seminars
  • Case study workshops
  • Self-directed learning
    • Reading
    • ULearn
  • Selected Texts/Journals


    Rose,E (2008) Employment Relations (3ed), London, Financial Times/Prentice Hall


    Blyton P. and Turnbull P. (2004), The Dynamics of Employee Relations, Basingstoke : Macmillan. ISBN 0333 57367 6.

    Lewis, P., Thornhill, A. and Saunders, M. (2003), Employee Relations: Understanding the employment relationship, London : Financial Times/Prentice Hall, ISBN 0 273 64625 7.


    Cully, M., Woodland, S. O’Reilly, A. and Dix, G. (1999), at Work: as depicted by the 1998 Workplace Employee Relations Survey, London : Routledge, ISBN 0 415 20636 7.

    Salamon M. (2000) Industrial Relations Theory and Practice, 4th Ed, London : Prentice Hall, ISBN 0 273 64646 X

    Bamber, G. and Lansbury, R. (eds) (1998), International & Comparative Employment Relations, London : Sage. ISBN 0 7619 5592 5.

    Other indicative reading

    British Journal of Industrial Relations
    Employee Relations
    European Journal of Industrial Relations
    Human Relations
    Human Resource Management Journal
    Industrial Relations Journal
    Industrial Relations
    International Journal of Human Resource Management
    Journal of Industrial Relations
    Journal of Managerial Psychology
    New Technology Work and Employment
    People Management
    Personnel Review

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