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Transforming New Zealand Employment Relations: At the Intersection of Institutional Dispute Resolution and Workplace Conflict Management

dc.contributor.authorGreenwood, Gaye
dc.contributor.authorRasmussen, Erling
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-17T14:28:50Z
dc.date.available2020-11-17T14:28:50Z
dc.date.issued2017-11-01
dc.description.abstractIn New Zealand, the contemporary shift from highly regulated, collectivist employment rights to individual employment relationships included statutory direction to mediation. Good faith negotiation in the workplace and state provision of mediation were to be the primary mechanisms for resolution of ‘employment relationship problems’ (ERP). This paper investigates the intersection between workplace conflict management and institutional provision of mediation. We investigated ERP resolution by drawing on empirical evidence from 38 narrative interviews where participants recounted experiences of employment relationship problem (ERP) resolution. We analysed 243 ERP by comparing settlements to end employment relationships with resolution of ERP where relationships endured. We sought to understand why some ERP remained unresolved and/or escalated. We found that collaborative reflective sense-making had a positive impact on early workplace problem resolution while investigation and confidential settlement negotiations risked injustice. We present, therefore, some suggestions for embedding collaborative conflict management in the workplace.
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dc.identifier.other10889602
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/74240
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.rightsRequired Publisher Statement: Copyright held by the authors.
dc.subjectworkplace conflict
dc.subjectdispute resolution
dc.subjectNew Zealand
dc.subjectconflict management
dc.titleTransforming New Zealand Employment Relations: At the Intersection of Institutional Dispute Resolution and Workplace Conflict Management
dc.typeconference papers and proceedings
local.authorAffiliationGreenwood, Gaye: Auckland University of Technology
local.authorAffiliationRasmussen, Erling: Auckland University of Technology

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