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Is a perspective on employment that emphasizes the shared interests of all members of an organization. It assumes there are compatible goals, a common purpose, and a single (unitary) interest which means that, if managed effectively, the organization will function harmoniously. This viewpoint assumes that conflict is abnormal and is caused by troublemakers, bad communication, and poor management. Consequently, a unitarist will seek to eliminate conflict. The term unitarism is derived from the groundbreaking work of industrial sociologist, Alan Fox, who identified the unitary frame of reference within the employment relationship. [See pluralism.]

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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