Financial Services Partnerships
By Peter Samuel
Routledge – 2014 – 282 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. Introduction: Themes and Issues 2. Multiple-methods, One Sector, Four Cases and One Union 3. Structural Origins 4. Management and Workplace Union Motives 5. Form 6. Employer Outcomes 7. Union and Worker Outcomes 8. Conclusion: The Dynamics of 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.