Published in 1998 by the ILR School on the occasion of the dedication of the School's new classroom and library complex, Industrial Relations at the Dawn of the New Millennium also commemorates the distinguished history of the ILR School at Cornell, just over a half century after its founding.
The essays in this volume were contributed by authors who have been a significant part of the ILR's history, and each is a scholarly overview of some aspect of the world of work. The editors, Maurice Neufeld and Jean McKelvey, were founders of the School, and the work as a whole is intended for alumni, scholars, and practitioners, both as a guide to the world of work and as a showcase of the ILR School's contribution to the scholarship surrounding industrial and labor relations.
[Excerpt] This volume is designed to commemorate the distinguished history of the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, especially the various disciplines and fields that are inter-woven within its domain. For this book, many of those who have been a significant part of the ILR School’s history were invited to write a scholarly overview of some aspect of industrial and labor relations. These essays analyze developments in one or more of the various subfields in which many of the school’s alumni and faculty have been so active and prominent. The volume is being published by the ILR School on the occasion of the formal dedication of a new classroom and library complex.
The basic endeavor of this discipline has not changed over the years: it has sought “to contribute to organizational success by assuring that the right numbers of the right people are in the right places at the right times doing the right things in the right ways.”
The authors hypothesize that most labor economists "sooner or later had to incorporate at least the appearance of institutional concerns in their papers to avoid indigestion whenever lunching with colleagues outside the field of economics" They add: "If the new interests of modern labor economics are in fact driven by the imperatives of science, then the institutionalist and the neoclassical approaches may well synthesize".
[Excerpt] The essays assembled in the volume focus upn the state of the art of industrial relations at the dawn of the new millennium. The authors of these essays are members of the faculty of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, or were formerly closely associated with the school. They have found, to their delight, that in creating the essays presented here, they released an enchantment of scholarly memory that illuminates the past and present states of the scholarly disciplines they cultivate and encourages speculation about the future of these disciplines.
Edwards, Harry T.; Seitz, Virginia A. (1998-01-01)
[Excerpt] If bargaining is broad-based (in nonfragmented units) and if the parties have full resort to a reasonable panoply of economic weapons, the stakes usually will be too high for either side to press for impasse. But in the event of a breakdown in negotiations, the parties should be allowed to engage in a fair fight.
Many of the underlying themes in the field of organizational behavior reveal the strains between basic and applied research, qualitative and quantitative preferences, gradations of analysis, and the relative importance of research and practice.