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  • High performance workplaces and skill development: Updating the map of the territory

    Cochrane, William; Dharmalingam, Arunachalam; Harris, Paul; Law, Michael; Piercy, Gemma Louise (2006)

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    University of Waikato

    The impact of High Performance Workplace Systems (HPWS) on workers and unions is a contentious area for debate in the fields of industrial relations and social science in general. Proponents of HPWS claim that one of the benefits for workers is that they enable workers to develop and raise their skill levels. This paper offers a preliminary evaluation of that claim by sketching an updated map of the territory. It concludes that the HPWS literature contains significant weaknesses concerning the definition of skill in explaining what skill development means for workers, individually and collectively.

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