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Employee Relations

ISSN: 0142-5455

Online from: 1979

Subject Area: Human Resource Management

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Human resource management in Finland

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Title:Human resource management in Finland
Author(s):Sinikka Vanhala, (Assistant Professor of Organization and Management in the Department of Management, Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, Runeberginkatu 22-24, FIN 00100 Helsinki, Finland.)
Citation:Sinikka Vanhala, (1995) "Human resource management in Finland", Employee Relations, Vol. 17 Iss: 7, pp.31 - 56
Keywords:Finland, Human resource management, Industrial relations, Labour market, Recession, Unemployment
Article type:Case study
DOI:10.1108/01425459510103433 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Describes the state-of-the-art of human resource management in Finland in the mid-1990s as the Finnish economy recovers from its deepest and longest post-war recession. Typical to the Finnish system has been the mix of social, political and employers' interests in the collective bargaining system; Finnish HRM cannot be understood without knowing its context, the main trends of which are: survival from rationalization and related labour reductions, increasing cost-effectiveness and line responsibility, the flexible use of labour and utilization of the labour force. The implications of EU membership on the Finnish HRM are mainly seen to be related to free mobility of employees and changes in social security and labour relations.

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