A Partial Partnership?The Contradictions of Cooperation at PowerCo

  • Jonathan Hoskin
  • Stewart Johnstone
  • Peter Ackers


This chapter examines partnership in the context of a British utility organisation which is referred to by the pseudonym “PowerCo”. The case study examined partnership over a 13-year period (2000–2013). Liberal market economies such as the UK are often believed to provide an inhospitable institutional environment for meaningful workplace partnership to flourish because of factors including unstable markets, weak trade unions and the absence of regulatory or state support (Hall and Soskice 2001). However, PowerCo provided an interesting contrast to these prototypical characteristics associated with liberal market capitalism: The organisation provided highly skilled and long-term employment in a stable market place, within a high-density trade union environment, and regulatory support for partnership working.


Trade Union Senior Manager Collective Bargaining Industrial Relation Shop Floor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Hoskin
    • 1
  • Stewart Johnstone
    • 2
  • Peter Ackers
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Business and EconomicsLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK
  2. 2.Newcastle University Business SchoolNewcastle UniversityNewcastleUK
  3. 3.Department of HRMDe Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK

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