Title A Field in Flux
Subtitle Sixty Years of Industrial Relations
Author Robert B. McKersie
ISBN 9781501740015
List price GBP 34.00
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 270
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Cornell University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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“I have enjoyed reading A Field in Flux, seeing how Bob McKersie pulled together material that vividly brings the field to life, and being reminded of many experiences of my own. As it turns out, lessons we all learned in the labor-management field have wide application to other areas of tension.”

George P. Schultz, Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institute, Stanford University


“Robert McKersie nicely links discussions of the personal aspects of his career and the motivation for his work with intelligent insights about the evolution of the ILR field. His reflections are more than incidental, and I learned much by reading his book.”

Harry Katz, Cornell University, and author of Converging Divergences


A Field in Flux chronicles the extraordinary journey of industrial and labor relations expert Robert McKersie. One of the most important industrial relations scholars and leaders of our time, McKersie pioneered the study of labor negotiations, helping to formulate the concepts of distributive and integrative bargaining that have served as analytical tools for understanding the bargaining process more generally.

The book provides a window into McKersie’s life and work and its impact on the evolution of labor and industrial relations. Spanning six decades, the reader learns about the intersection of labor and the Civil Rights movement, the watershed moment of the Air Traffic Controller’s Strike, his relationship with George Schultz, the shift from labor relations to human resource management, and McKersie’s role in the seminal cases (Motorola, GM, Toyota) of the labor movement.

A Field in Flux serves two important functions: it demonstrates how people have influenced past employment policies and practices when called to action in critical situations, and it seeks to instill confidence in those who will be called on to address the big challenges facing the future of work today and in the years to come.

During a time when the basic values of industrial relations are being challenged and violated, McKersie argues that the profession must adapt to the changing world of work and not forget about the value placed on efficiency, equity, and inclusive employment policies and practices.


Foreword by Thomas A. Kochan


Chapter 1. An Industrial Relations Journey

Chapter 2. Apprenticeship

Chapter 3. Becoming a Journeyman

Chapter 4. Managing a Shop

Chapter 5. Returning to the Beach

Chapter 6. Taking Stock and looking Around




About the Author:

Robert McKersie is Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus at the Sloan School. He is coauthor of The Transformation of American Industrial Relations.

Target Audience:

This book provide the insights into the life and work of Robert B. McKersie as well as its impact on the evolution of labor and industrial relations. It is helpful for industrial sociologists.


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