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Centre for Human Resource Management and Labour Relations

1. Course Title:

HR 01 - Industrial Relations

2. Course Teacher:

D.K. Srivastava

2. Total Credit Hours:


4. Course Objectives:

The main aim of this Course is to develop a shared understanding among the
students about conceptual, empirical and policy orientation of the study of
Industrial Relations with suitable examples from India and its Western
The focus is on interface of Industrial Relations with its important players,
viz., Trade Unions, Management and State in the context of emerging global
business scenario. Using the insights developed it shall be endeavor to look
into the strategic role of Industrial Relations.

Evaluation Scheme:
Group Project Weightage (30%)
End Term Exam Weightage (70%)


1. Discipline of Industrial Relations

2. Approaches of Industrial Relations

3. Global Face of Industrial Relations
4. Overview of Industrial Relations in India
5. International Labour Organization and Labour
6. Trade Unionism Theoretical Framework, Labour Movement, Functions
of Trade Unions
7. Trade Union Organizations Central Trade Unions in India
8. Managerial Unionism
9. Labour Management Relations Anatomy of Strikes and Lockouts
10. Managing Grievances and Conflicts
11. Managing Discipline at Workplace
12. Collective Bargaining: Contemporary and Comparative Experiences
13. Negotiated flexibility in Indian Companies
14. Employers rights and Obligations
15. Future portents of Industrial Relations

Session Plan*
1. Unleashing Industrial Relations Case: Honda Motor Cycle and Scooters India Ltd.
2. Perspectives on Industrial Relations
The Industrial Relations System, John T. Dunlop, Harvard Business School
Press, 1993. (Book)
Reflections on six decades in Industrial Relations: An Interview with with
John T. Dunlop, Kaufman, Industrial and Labour Relations Review, Vol.
55(2), Jan. 2002, pp.324-348 (Article)
3. Approaches to Industrial Relations
Chapter 1, Industrial Relations, Michael Salamon
4. Global Face of Industrial Relations
Labour Management Relations and the World in transition, C.S. Venkata
Ratnam, 1995 (Article)
The Global Evolution of Industrial Relations, Bruce E. Kaufman, International
Labour Organization, 2005 (Book) Chapter 12.
5. Industrial Relations in India: An Overview
Industrial Relations: Patterns and Trends, Ratna Sen, IJIR, 1997 (Article)
Management of Industrial Relations, Pramod Verma, Oxford & IBH, 1991
3. Industrial Relations in India, E.A. Ramaswamy, Macmillian, 1978 (Book)

4. Industrial Relations, C.S. Venkata Ratnam, Oxford 2006 (Book)

5. Trade Unions response to declining union-membership base: Best Practices from
Mumbai-based Trade Unions, D.K. Srivastava, IJIR, April 2006
6. International Labour Organization and Labour
India and International Labour Standards, C.S. Venkata Ratnam, IJIR, April,
2000 (Article)
WTO and Indian Labour, Dipak Kumar Bhattacharya, IJIR, April, 2002.
7. Rationale for Unionism
Trade Union response to declining membership base: Best practices from
Mumbai based trade unions, IJIR, April 2006 (Article)
Trade Unions Situation in India, D.K. Srivastava, IJIR April 2001 (Article)
Case: Does this company need a Union, HBR, 1998 (Case)
Unions Adding Value International Labour Review, Vol. 136, No.4, 1997
8. Managerial Unionism
Managerial Unionism, Baldev R. Sharma, Shri Ram Centre, 1993, New
Delhi (Book) Chapters 1,2 ,11.
9. Labour Management Relations at the Enterprise Level
Confrontation, Globalization and collaboration: a Case Study of an FMCG
Company, D.K. Srivastava, Management and Change, 2002 (Article)
Turnaround without tears: Case Study of Britannia, New Delhi, Indian
Journal of Labour Economics, 2001 (Article)
Anatomy of Strike and Lockout
Case: Hindustan Lever Ltd.
Case: Bajaj Lockout

10. Managing Grievances and Conflicts

Industrial Conflict, N.R. Sheth, (Article) published in the book
Management of Industrial Relations by Prof. Pramod Verma.
Make Conflict Drive Results, Lauren Keller Johnson, Harvard Business
School Publication, 2004 (Article)
Early Intervention: How to minimize cost of conflict, Harvard Business
School, 2005 (Article).
Case: TELCO.
11. Managing Discipline at Workplace:
Constructive Discipline (Management Game)
12. Collective Bargaining: Contemporary and Comparative experiences
ILO principles concerning collective bargaining, Bernard Gernigon, A.
Odero and H. Guido, 2000.
Case: Sony, Spain
13. Negotiated Flexibility in Indian Companies
Case Studies of unique agreements on negotiated change, C.S. Venkata
Ratnam, 2003 (Compiled by D.K. Srivastava)
14. Employers Rights and Obligations
Decent Work: Concept and Indicators, Dharam Ghai, International Labour
Review, Vol. 142, No.2, 2003 (Article)
15. Future of Industrial Relations
Post-modernism and the end of Labour Movement, John Kelly, 1998
Future of Industrial Relations and Industrial Relations in Future: Indian
Scenario, Rath and Misra Vikalpa, 1996 (Article).