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Employee Relations

ISSN: 0142-5455

Online from: 1979

Subject Area: Human Resource Management

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Unfair dismissal cases, disciplinary procedures, recruitment methods and management style: Case study evidence from three industrial sectors


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Title:Unfair dismissal cases, disciplinary procedures, recruitment methods and management style: Case study evidence from three industrial sectors
Author(s):John Goodman, (Manchester School of Management, UMIST, Manchester, UK), Jill Earnshaw, (Manchester School of Management, UMIST, Manchester, UK), Mick Marchington, (Manchester School of Management, UMIST, Manchester, UK), Robin Harrison, (Manchester School of Management, UMIST, Manchester, UK)
Citation:John Goodman, Jill Earnshaw, Mick Marchington, Robin Harrison, (1998) "Unfair dismissal cases, disciplinary procedures, recruitment methods and management style: Case study evidence from three industrial sectors", Employee Relations, Vol. 20 Iss: 6, pp.536 - 550
Keywords:Discipline, Dismissal, Industrial relations, Industrial tribunals, Procedures, Recruitment
Article type:General review / Case study
DOI:10.1108/01425459810247297 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Summarises some findings from recent empirical research into the factors influencing the incidence of claims of unfair dismissal to industrial tribunals. Using a paired comparison case study method it focuses, primarily, on small businesses and small establishments, seeking to explore significant variations. These include the presence or absence of written disciplinary procedures, their mode of operation, content and meaning, and management style and consistency. Qualitative insights include the prevalence of informal first approaches to perceived employee shortcomings and the influence of overall employee assessment in selective disciplinary action. Contrary to earlier research in small businesses it finds little principled management opposition or resentment to the introduction of written disciplinary procedures, with managers highlighting the assistance they give to them when taking disciplinary action.



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