Springer Studies in Work and Industry

The Operation of Internal Labor Markets

Staffing Practices and Vacancy Chains

Authors: Pinfield, Lawrence T.

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Employment systems consist of complex arrays of formal and informal rules that structure the relationships between employees and employers. There are many different types of employment systems. Some are specified in considerable detail in collectively bargained quasilegal employment contracts, while others are left to discretion. This book describes the latter type of employment system-one in which there is an active market for knowl­ edge and skills. This is the salaried employment system of ForestCo-a large multiplant manufacturing company in the forest products industry. Here, supervisors and managers actively adjust the jobs and persons under their authority to meet the market, social, and institutional forces that influence the activities and performance of their departments. The study of employment systems is a relatively recent phenomenon, and few prior studies or theories were found to guide this investigation. Neither the scope nor the components of employment system studies are yet established. The field is confused and contested. Nevertheless, there is related literature which can be used to focus attention on different features of employment systems. One emerging body of work that holds the most promise for the study of employment systems is internal labor market (lLM) theory.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • The Operation of Internal Labor Markets

    Pinfield, Lawrence T.

    Pages 3-28

  • ForestCo

    Pinfield, Lawrence T.

    Pages 29-57

  • Vacancy Chains as Bundles of Staffing Actions

    Pinfield, Lawrence T.

    Pages 61-77

  • Minimal Vacancy Chains

    Pinfield, Lawrence T.

    Pages 79-103

  • Medium-Length Vacancy Chains

    Pinfield, Lawrence T.

    Pages 105-138

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Operation of Internal Labor Markets
Book Subtitle
Staffing Practices and Vacancy Chains
Authors
Series Title
Springer Studies in Work and Industry
Copyright
1995
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4899-1019-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4899-1019-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-45046-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-1021-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 356
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