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Employment relations, cost minimisation and inter-organisational contracting

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This article explores and theorises the employment relations consequences of cost minimisation in the management of inter-organisational contracts for less-skilled work. Case-study data reveal that cost minimisation creates and exacerbates employment relations problems, with the ‘success’ of particular tactics dependent on the relative tractability of broader economic conditions and social relationships.

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Author(s): Vincent S, Grugulis I

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Industrial Relations Journal

Year: 2009

Volume: 40

Issue: 1

Pages: 40-59

ISSN (print): 0019-8692

ISSN (electronic): 1468-2338

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons


DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2338.2008.00512.x


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