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Toward an Historical Understanding of Industrial Relations Theory in Canada

Document type Article
Author Giles, Anthony
Author Murray, Gregor
Journal Relations Industrielles / Industrial Relations
Volume 43
Date 1988
ISSN 0034-379X
Pages 780-811


In linking the discontinuities in the development of industrial relations theory in Canada with succeeding historical phases in the evolution of Canadian industrial relations, this article argues that an understanding of industrial relations theory must be historically grounded. It identifies four phases of theoretical development and suggests that the hold of Systems theory on the discipline should be understood as the product of a specific historical period which is now giving way to the emergence of new approaches.