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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Employers' Discovery of Training: Self-development, Employability and the Rhetoric of Partnership
Authors: Hallier, Jerry
Butts, Stewart
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Keywords: Job security
Management attitudes
Psychological Contract
Issue Date: Mar-1999
Publisher: MCB UP Ltd/ Emerald
Citation: Hallier J & Butts S (1999) Employers' Discovery of Training: Self-development, Employability and the Rhetoric of Partnership, Employee Relations, 21 (1), pp. 80-95.
Abstract: Explores recent expressions of support by employers for the importance of training in creating business success. Argues that this change in posture cannot be explained in terms of a growing recognition of the weaknesses of the labour force in intermediate-level skills, because the new focus is on personal development, self-management and "correct" attitudes rather than technical skills. Shows that while the changes in the valuation of training are consistent with Anglo-Saxon notions of business management, they are more reflective of attempts to reshape the employer-employee relationship. Observes that competitive pressures on organizations over the last 20 years have undermined traditional expectations of career opportunity and job security. This context has created the conditions under which this emphasis on normative training helps in the development of a new kind of psychological contract based on a rhetoric of partnership. Concludes that employers' discovery of training is more about finding ways to secure employee commitment in uncertain times than about transforming skill levels.
Type: Journal Article
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Affiliation: Socio-Management
University of Stirling

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