About the Book
Rapid globalisation of national economies and the growth of multinational corporations throughout the world is forcing greater competitiveness and new approaches to the management of labour. Relatively less attention has been paid to how industrial relations systems have changed in the developing nations of Asia. Given that several Asian countries have seen considerable changes in their industrial relations systems in the 1990s, the book attempts to understand the nature of the changes, and to evaluate whether or not they amount to fundamental transformations. The focus is on the managerial perspective, a perspective that is needed to understand the industrial relations issues, and generate alternatives for decision making, e.g. the pros and cons of a grievance procedure or those of workers’ participation in management. This book goes a long way towards bridging the gap between the various disciplines that constitute industrial relations. It represents a vital resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students of industrial relations, practitioners of industrial relations taking IPD qualifications, and academics and researchers in the field.
About the Author
Thomas Erickson is an interaction designer and researcher whose approach to systems design is shaped by work in sociology, rhetoric, architecture, and urban design. He has designed several products and authored about ten publications on topics ranging from personal electronic notebooks to pattern languages and virtual community. Originally trained as a cognitive psychologist at the University of California, San Diego, he spent five years at a startup company, nine years at Apple Research, and finally joined IBM in 1997 as a research staff member. His primary aim is to study and design systems that support network mediated group interaction.