Flexing some muscle: strategy and outcomes in the Queensland health and fitness industry

Maconachie, Glenda J. & Sappey, Jennifer (2013) Flexing some muscle: strategy and outcomes in the Queensland health and fitness industry. Journal of Industrial Relations, 55(1), pp. 136-154.

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In 1993, contrary to the trend towards enterprise bargaining, and despite an employment environment favouring strong managerial prerogative, a small group of employers in the Queensland commercial health and fitness industry sought industrial regulation through an industry-specific award. A range of factors, including increased competition and unscrupulous profiteers damaging the industry’s reputation, triggered the actions as a business strategy. The strategic choices of the employer group, to approach a union to initiate a consent award, are the inverse of behaviours expected under strategic choice theory. This article argues that organizational size, collective employer action, focus on industry rather than organizational outcomes and the traditional industrial relations system providing broader impacts explain their atypical behaviour.

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ID Code: 56932
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Awards, Casual Employment , Health and Fitness , Strategic Choice
DOI: 10.1177/0022185612465528
ISSN: 0022-1856
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Industrial Relations (150306)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Sage Publications
Deposited On: 11 Feb 2013 01:42
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2013 15:30

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