Financial Services Partnerships
By Peter Samuel
To Be Published October 1st 2013 by Routledge – 288 pages
The purpose of this book is to evaluate the debate on partnership, using original research data. Samuel provides a novel categorisation with which to synthesise and clarify a highly diverse literature on labour-management partnership, thus helping to refine the contemporary partnership debate. Secondly, he clarifies the circumstances under which ‘effective’ labour-management partnership is possible, while simultaneously elaborating why the achievement of ‘mutual gains’ is highly improbable in a liberal-market context. Thirdly, the book presents an integrated analysis of the interplay between macro-, meso- (industry) and micro-level factors. Fourthly, the research design enables the study to go beyond the case studies to make defendable empirical generalizations at the level of the industry. Finally, it advances a theoretical explanation of labour-management partnerships in ‘liberal market’ economies by bridging two opposing neo-institutional positions in the social sciences.
1. Perspectives on Partnership 2. Research Methods and Two Pairs of Cases 3. The Structural Origins of Partnership 4. Management and Trade Union Motives for Partnership 5. The Forms of Partnership 6. Employer Outcomes 7. Trade Union and Employee Outcomes 8. The Prospects for Partnership
Peter Samuel is currently HRM Lecturer at Nottingham University Business School. He has made numerous contributions to international conferences. He earned his PhD in Industrial Relations at Cardiff Business School. He now specializes in public sector issues and has published in Industrial Relations Journal and Work, Employment and Society.