Exploring performance management in four UK trade unions

THURSFIELD, Denise and GRAYLEY, Katy (2016). Exploring performance management in four UK trade unions. Employee Relations, 38 (5), 789-804.

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore performance management in four UK trade unions. Specifically, the extent to which managers in the four unions accept or dismiss the unitarist, disciplinary and performative values that arguably characterise performance management practices. Design/methodology/approach – A qualitative research design was adopted to investigate trade union managers’ interpretations of performance management. Managers were targeted because they held the power to shape performance management practices in their specific areas. The research employed qualitative semi-structured interviews. Findings – Performance management in trade unions is linked to the structure, purpose and orientation of different types of trade union. It is also linked to the wider environmental context. The trade union managers’ interpretations of performance management are linked to disciplinary and performative values. As such they are comparable to the unitarist forms of performance management described in the literature. There are moreover, similarities and differences between the approaches to performance management between trade unions and for profit or public sector organisations. Originality/value – The paper adds to the emerging literature on internal trade union management by highlighting a particular aspect of human resource management.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business and Management; Industrial Relations
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/er-08-2015-0167
Page Range: 789-804
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2020 13:30
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 22:17
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/25956

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