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Regulation of work and employment: Advances, tensions and future directions in research in International and Comparative HRM

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jenny Rodriguez, Dr Stewart Johnstone, Professor Stephen Procter



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© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group Changes to dynamics work and employment have resulted in calls for more sustainable management, procedural control, institutional governance, and political accountability. Against this background, there is renewed attention to regulation, its terms, nature and quality, and its role to shape the employment relationship. An important concern for international and comparative human resource management (I/CHRM) is understanding the role of regulation in interacting with these changes and how this varies across within and between countries. Regulation sits at the centre of competing economic and social demands, which are seen as both complementary and irreconcilable, and its complexity needs to be theorized and empirically mapped. The article discusses key themes related to changes to dynamics, processes and structures, and tensions that concern the fields of I/CHRM and its relationship with the regulation of work and employment. The article calls for more comprehensive insight into the theoretical links between regulation and I/CHRM, and more empirical evidence of their interplay across contexts. It suggests that engaging with the paradoxes and ambiguities of different competing agendas of regulation of work and employment, and exploring these in relation to different social actors within and across geographies is a significant step in advancing research in this area.

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Author(s): Rodriguez J, Johnstone S, Procter S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Human Resource Management

Year: 2017

Volume: 28

Issue: 21

Pages: 2957-2982

Print publication date: 16/12/2017

Online publication date: 17/12/2017

Acceptance date: 07/09/2017

Date deposited: 12/09/2017

ISSN (print): 0958-5192

ISSN (electronic): 1466-4399

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2017.1416555


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