Issues in Employee Resourcing: Is All Labour Flexibility Good?

Professor Chris Rowley questions the received wisdom that flexible labour markets have entirely positive results. He argues that important aspects of employment, such as staff development, suffer when managers have increased access to the easier option to simply 'hire and fire'.

Updated: 16/09/2013
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Can a gift-exchange model explain a potential link between flexible working and organisational performance?

In the UK, the benefits of flexible working, for both employees and employers, have been widely advocated. Data suggests there has been an increase in the offering of flexible working options to employees in Britain, and that similar schemes have been introduced across Europe. A systematic review of the academic research showed that a clear link between flexible working arrangements and organisational performance is yet to be established. In fact, a large empirical study of firms in the UK, France, Germany and the USA concluded that there was no direct link between flexible working practices and firm performance. This study examines data from the Workplace and Employment Relations Survey of 2004 to facilitate further understanding.

Updated: 12/10/2014
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The impact of Private Equity on employment, wages and human resources management.

Author(s):

Nicolas Bacon

 et al.

The impact of private equity backed leveraged buyouts (LBOs) has attracted increased regulatory scrutiny in the past two decades. This reflects the private equity industry's growing economic importance, and also the increased activity of private equity firms beyond their traditional US and UK markets. Private equity's growing presence in continental Europe in particular has caused considerable public controversy in terms of implications for workers and labour unions. This paper explores the impact of private equity LBOs on three labour management issues central to recent debates: employment and wages; human resource management practices; and industrial relations. We concentrate on these aspects because the impact of private equity LBOs on labour management and workers' interests continues to inform debates concerning the appropriate regulatory framework in which the private equity industry operates.

Updated: 08/01/2013
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The Everyday Entrepreneur

Self-employment is the key to a better quality of life. For most women in this study their main motivation for starting a business was to increase their flexibility and improve their work life balance.

This study, commissioned by Avon Cosmetics, explores self-employment and entrepreneurship in women in the UK.

Updated: 14/01/2013
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Thoughts and observations on the labour market situation for females in the United Arab Emirates

Professor Chris Rowley, Director of the Centre for Research on Asian Management, was recently interviewed in the media in the Middle East on the important research undertaken on the unusual topic of maximising women's participation in the GCC workforce. The focus of the interview was in terms of the context of increasing levels of female education and growing numbers of female graduates.

Updated: 14/01/2013
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Chasing shadows: Some comments and thoughts on exit interviews


Many employers struggle to get to the bottom of why staff leave, this is due to a number of factors including a desire on the part of leaving staff to avoid burning any bridges in their exit interview.

In light of this: how can managers find out the real reasons behind staff departures? How can exit interviews be designed to solicit honest, useful responses?

Updated: 12/08/2014
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Playing it safe: Why law firms continue to discriminate on the basis of social class

Author(s):

Louise Ashley

 et al.

It may come as no surprise to read that the UK's leading law firms discriminate on the basis of social class when recruiting but most law firms insist that they value diversity.

One question then is: whydo leading law firms persist in discriminating on the basis of social class? Read the full report to find out more.

Updated: 06/02/2013
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Employment practices in the recession

Podcast with Professor Chris Rowley on China Radio International. A discussion and analysis of some of the key reasons for the different strategies used in the post-2008 recession and issues within them, with examples. This includes employee retention, skills enhancement and unemployment in the EU, US and Asia.

Updated: 22/09/2011
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Employees for ‘rent’: a new weapon to fight unemployment in the crisis?

It has recently been argued by some commentators that some companies have developed new weapons to fight unemployment in the recent global finaincial crisis, one of which is the use of so-called employees for "rent".

Updated: 13/10/2011
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