Democratic Values and the Rights of Management

Democratic Values and the Rights of Management

Democratic Values and the Rights of Management

Democratic Values and the Rights of Management

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Since the Foreword sets this study within the framework of the research which we are conducting under the Conservation of Human Resources Project, we need consider here only a few of its operational aspects.

In selecting the arbitration awards which form the backbone of Chapters 4 through 8, we studied and evaluated a total of approximately 500 cases. We have cited just under 100 awards; all made since the end of World War II. We chose those which provided a broad coverage of industries and unions and included particularly those in which the arbitrator set out at considerable length the reasons underlying his decision. We also attempted to include decisions of those arbitrators who were recognized as leaders in the field.

The subjects which we covered in analyzing the rights of management were selective. Although we might profitably have considered additional dimensions of the problem, ours was an exploratory study and we deliberately eschewed any attempt at comprehensiveness.

Professor Ivar Berg, principal co-author of this work, joined our group largely because his experience in developing a new core course on "The Conceptual Foundations of Business" in the Graduate School of Business had indicated the inadequacy of materials on the theme of the changing rights and functions of American management. It was his hope that our research . . .

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