Centre for HRM and Labour Relation
1. Course Title : FC HR 03: Industrial Relations and Trade
Unionism
2. Course Teacher : D.K. Srivastava
2. Total Credit Hours: 30
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 counterparts. 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%)
The Course aims at covering the following topics:
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 Limited
2. Perspectives on Industrial Relations
1. “The Industrial Relations System”, John T. Dunlop,
Harvard Business School Press, 1993. (Book)
2. “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
1. “Labour – Management Relations and the World in
2. 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
1. Industrial Relations: Patterns and Trends, Ratna Sen, IJIR, 1997 (Article)
2. Management of Industrial Relations, Pramod Verma, Oxford & IBH, 1991 (Book)
Industrial Relations in India, E.A. Ramaswamy, Macmillian, 1978 (Book)Industrial Relations, C.S. Venkata Ratnam, Oxford 2006 (Book)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
1. India and International Labour Standards, C.S. Venkata Ratnam, IJIR, April, 2000 (Article)
2. WTO and Indian Labour, Dipak Kumar Bhattacharya, IJIR, April, 2002. (Article)
7. Rationale for Unionism
1. “Trade Union response to declining membership base: Best practices from Mumbai based trade unions”, IJIR, April 2006 (Article)
2. “Trade Unions Situation in India”, D.K. Srivastava, IJIR
April 2001 (Article)
3. “Case: Does this company need a Union”, HBR, 1998 (Case)
4. “Unions Adding Value” International Labour Review, Vol.
136, No.4, 1997 (Article)
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
1. “Confrontation, Globalization and collaboration: a Case
Study of an FMCG Company”, D.K. Srivastava, Management
and Change, 2002 (Article)
2. “Turnaround without tears: Case Study of Britannia, New
Delhi”, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 2001
(Article)
Anatomy of Strike and Lockout
1.“Case: Hindustan Lever Ltd”.
2.“Case: Bajaj Lockout”
10. Managing Grievances and Conflicts
1.“Industrial Conflict”, N.R. Sheth, (Article) published in
the book “Management of Industrial Relations” by Pramod
Verma.
2.Make Conflict Drive Results, Lauren Keller Johnson,
Harvard Business School Publication, 2004 (Article)
3.Early Intervention: How to minimize cost of conflict,
Harvard Business School, 2005 (Article).
4.“Case: TELCO”.
11. Managing Discipline at Workplace:
“Constructive Discipline” (Management Game)
12. Collective Bargaining: Contemporary and Comparative –
experiences
1. “ILO – principles concerning collective bargaining”,
Bernard – Gernigon, A. Odero and H. Guido, 2000.
2. “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
1. “Post-modernism and the end of Labour Movement”, John
Kelly, 1998
2. “Future of Industrial Relations and Industrial Relations
in Future: Indian Scenario, Rath and Misra Vikalpa, 1996
(Article).

*Tentative