Understanding employer engagement in youth labour market policy in the UK

Simms, M. (2017) Understanding employer engagement in youth labour market policy in the UK. Human Resource Management Journal, 27(4), pp. 548-564. (doi: 10.1111/1748-8583.12155)

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This article applies van Gestel and Nyberg's framework to analyse employers' decisions about whether to engage in policies to help young people into work. The article identifies two main logics underpinning organisational decision making: an HR logic and a corporate social responsibility (CSR) logic. It is argued that engaged employers see a clear alignment in those logics, whereas less engaged employers see few advantages in one, the other or both areas. When this analysis is located within an institutional context that accounts for the agency of key actors, it is argued these logics explain decisions about whether or not to engage with particular labour market policies.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supportedby British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship MD130010 and Union Learn Funding – Youth Skillsproject.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Simms, Professor Melanie
Authors: Simms, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Human Resource Management Journal
ISSN (Online):1748-8583
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
First Published:First published in Human Resource Management Journal 27(4):548-564
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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