Frames of reference in managing employment from the perspective of economics of conventions

Julia Brandl (2022)

Industrial Relations. Online first

Abstract. In their contribution to this symposium, John W. Budd, Dionne Pohler, and Wei Huang provided directions for understanding how conflicts and human resource (HR) practices are influenced by framing processes. The current literature on frames in the field of human resources and industrial relations tends to view individual actors as representatives of theories on employment relationship, and it focuses on the formal side of HR practices. These features limit scholars’ scope and ability to address the agency of the actors involved in framing processes, particularly employees. Therefore, this article develops an analytical perspective based on the economics of conventions to help realize the promise of Budd, Pohler, and Huang’s work for a deeper understanding of the co-construction of frames and changes in HR practices in work organizations.

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