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Rethinking the Future of Work - Direction and Visions - By Colin C. Williams

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  • Political Science

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1 The BJIR 50th Anniversary Virtual Online Issue IR and BJIR at their Best – Selected Papers from the First 50 Years Introduction The British Journal of Industrial Relations (BJIR) was founded 50 years ago, when the field of industrial relations (IR) was in its ascendency. At the time, the UK was experiencing growing economic and political difficulties, many of which were associated with workplace relations and with collective bargaining, or what the Donavon Commission was to label the UK’s “two systems” of industrial relations. Not surprisingly, these topics, and the institutions associated with them, played an important part in the initial development of the field and the journal. However, even in those early years, the the journal was broad in scope, focusing on the institutions of the employment relation but often going beyond this focus to address a variety of issues related to work and employment. Since that time, both the field and the journal have expanded their scope even further. Although it is fair to say that the institutions of the employment relation remain central, an even cursory look at past and present issues of the journal reveals a broad array of topics, no doubt in reflection of the ever-changing contours of the field and the questions it has been called on to address. The BJIR has very much remained at the forefront of the field ever since its inception. To continue this tradition, and to celebrate the BJIR’s 50th anniversary, we held a conference in the fall of 2011. We sought cutting edge research on emergent issues, particularly global developments and current challenges facing workers and employment research. The September print issue of the BJIR contains eight excellent papers from the many proposed for and presented at that conference. It also contains a thorough introduction by the three organizers most responsible for this conference, and so needs no further discussion here. We also decided to publish this, s

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