School of Business and Management

BUSM016 Comparative Employment Relations

BUSM016 Comparative Employment Relations


1 (2017/18)

Module organiser

Professor Geraldine Healy


The module will concentrate on the following key features: theoretical and conceptual approaches to the study of employment relations; the value and difficulties of a comparative approach; the role of the key actors in employment relations; power, conflict and bargaining; convergence and divergence - a consideration of the debates; the complexity of the trade union role from a comparative perspective; a consideration of international solidarity; impact of globalisation and transnational companies on national and cross-national management employment strategies; employee involvement and industrial democracy; social partnership and participation; standards in international employment relations; regulation and voluntarism; examining comparative employment relations through a gender, equality and diversity lens; reappraising comparative employment relations.

Learning outcomes

  • knowledge and understanding of the key theories and concepts necessary to understand comparative employment relations
  • critical skills of analyzing, comparing and contrasting employment relations across national boundaries
  • knowledge of key international institutions and stakeholders

Key texts

Morley, M.J., Gunnigle, P. and Collings (2006) Global Industrial Relations Routledge. 

Bamber, G. Lansbury, R. (2011) International and Comparative Employment Relations, Sage. 

Eaton, Jack (2000) Comparative employment relations: an introduction, Polity Press: Cambridge.

UK ONLY: Healy, G., E. Heery, et al., Eds. (2004). The future of worker representation. Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan.


80% essay, 20% group presentation