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management prerogative


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Is the concept of the right of managers to control and direct the work process, unhindered by interference from employees, trade unions, or the law. In reality, there are always constraints on managers—these include (a) externally imposed legal requirements such as health and safety or equal opportunities; (b) organizationally agreed arrangements, such as union recognition or employee consultation; (c) individually determined moral and social obligations to employees, such as treating people with respect or giving praise. Whilst few people would argue that managers should have no constraints on their action whatsoever, there is considerable disagreement as to where the limits of the management prerogative should be drawn and the extent to which the state should have a role in regulating the employment relationship. [See voluntarism and corporatism.]

(a) externally imposed legal requirements such as health and safety or equal opportunities; (b) organizationally agreed arrangements, such as union recognition or employee consultation; (c) individually determined moral and social obligations to employees, such as treating people with respect or giving praise.

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