Donovan Report

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The report of a Royal Commission into British industrial relations that was chaired by Lord Donovan in the 1960s. Its main recommendations were that the voluntarist tradition of collective laissez-faire should be maintained but that there should be a government-sponsored reform of workplace industrial relations. The key features of the latter were to be the professionalization of personnel management, the formalization of enterprise bargaining, and increased use of company industrial relations procedures to regulate conflict and reduce the number of unconstitutional strikes.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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