A Decade of Industrial Relations Research, 1946-1956

A Decade of Industrial Relations Research, 1946-1956

A Decade of Industrial Relations Research, 1946-1956

A Decade of Industrial Relations Research, 1946-1956

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In 1948, in the American Economic Association's Survey of Contemporary Economics, Lloyd Reynolds authored a 33-page chapter summarizing contributions to the state of knowledge in the field of labor economics and, to a lesser extent, industrial relations since the early thirties. It was somehow appropriate that during his term as president of the Industrial Relations Research Association that organization should have initiated a survey of the research contributions to this field in the postwar decade.

Although it was originally intended that this survey should be compressed within a single volume, it soon became apparent that if the numerous subdivisions of the field were to be treated adequately, two volumes would be needed. This is the first volume. The second will appear at a later date, under different editorial supervision.

The only basis for the selection of the six areas here surveyed is that a considerable amount of research has been done in each. They have not been chosen for review because they are logically related, nor has any effort been made to achieve a symmetry of coverage. Thus "Union Government and Union Leadership," our Chapter One, has not been balanced by a comparable chapter on business because not so much relevant research has been done on this topic. By the time of the second volume it is possible that a more significant chapter can be written on this aspect of industrial relations.

Our authors were asked to summarize the major contributions in that subdivision of the field for which they had accepted responsibility. They were also asked to suggest along what lines future research in these special areas would be fruitful. Except for these instructions--and except for length--they were given complete discretion. If there are differences in the way our six authors interpreted their assignment, this is to be expected.

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