Posted: January 4th, 2017
An Australian-born HR manager of an Australian bank that has its headquarters in Melbourne is being transferred to London to take a position as HR manager of a subsidiary bank. Write a paper on the employment relations and human resource management issues that will impact on the working life of this manager in the United Kingdom Different between Melbourne and London (Power Distance, Individualism, Uncertainty avoidance, Masculinity, and Long Term Orientation –Hofstede-. The purpose of the essay is to get you to consider the issues and challenges that would face an Australian-born manager who has been transferred to work in the United Kingdom. Obviously there would be challenges associated with being re-deployed from one country to another. These challenges are discussed in Chapter 5 of the textbook. Often students concentrate solely on what I would term “cultural matters” to the exclusion of other matters. In this respect one would like you to consider employment relations in both Australia and Britain with a view to identifying specific HR type issues that would confront the manager who is both working and living in Britain. Naturally,One would expect you to study in greater depth employment relations in Britain. In this regard, you should comment briefly on the role of governments, employers and unions in the British system, as well as any specific issues that a HR manager would have to address whilst working in Britain at the present time. Importantly, this exercise is intended to test your research and your writing and argumentative skills, so I do not want too much detail. In essence you are being asked to tell the examiner what it is like for an Australian to work in Britain. The following references may be of use to you in researching employment relations in both Australia and Britain: Cooper, R & Ellem, B 2008, ‘The neoliberal state, trade unions and collective bargaining in Australia’, British Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 46, no. 3, pp. 532-554. Beynon, H 2014, “‘Still too much socialism in Britain’: The legacy of Margaret Thatcher”, Industrial Relations Journal, vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 214-233. Brown, W 2011, ‘Industrial relations in Britain under New Labour, 1997-2010: A post mortem’, The Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 402-413. Marginson, P 2012, ‘(Re) assessing the shifting contours of Britain’s collective industrial relations’, Industrial Relations Journal, vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 332-347. Milner, S 2012, ‘Towards a European labour market? Trade unions and flexicurity in France and Britain’, European Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 219-234. Sarkar, S & Charlwood, A 2014, ‘Do cultural differences explain differences in attitudes towards unions?: Culture and attitudes towards unions among call centre workers in Britain and India’, Industrial Relations Journal, vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 56-76.
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