High-Performance Work Practices

Module code: LM3508

This module critically explores the links between HRM practice and worker performance. The module focuses on High Performance Work Practices (HPWPs) – an approach to labour management, work organisation, and management strategy, which focuses on combining practices in a manner which secures performance via greater employee involvement and commitment. A central debate discussed here concerns the extent to which HPWPs can secure ‘mutual gains’ for both employers and employees. ‘Pluralist’ and ‘unitarist’ perspectives on HPWPs are each considered to highlight more general issues concerning tensions between the interests of employers and employees in the pursuit of performance.