Narrative, power and employee voice
Professor Werner Nienhüser has had a distinguished career as a scholar in the fields of employment relations (ER) and human resource management (HRM). He has successfully worked across disciplinary boundaries and has integrated both ER and HRM perspectives into his teaching and research. A strength of his work is that he brings from his interest in industrial relations a critical perspective to his analysis of human resource management. Werner Nienhüser has forged strong connections with international colleagues, and we were delighted to be asked to contribute to this volume. We have both had the privilege of being visiting Professors at the University of Duisburg-Essen, and we have both had the honour of hosting Werner Nienhüser at our respective universities (Griffith University and Bond University). Werner Nienhüser has visited Australia on a number of occasions over the last decade, and on each visit he has given illuminating seminars to staff and students on German employment relations and human resource management practices, and on some of his specific research projects. Long conversations and mutual interests have also generated collegial research opportunities. Michael Barry and Werner Nienhüser conducted research together on the German aviation industry which appeared in a special edition of the International Journal of HRM (Barry & Nienhüser 2010). This article examined how Germany's traditional flag carrier, Lufthansa, responded to the growth of low-cost competition by engaging in this market through its own low cost subsidiary, and the implications this had for employment relations. Werner Nienhüser also gave Ken Parry the opportunity to draft an article for Management Revue (Parry 2008). The article was about the power of narrative. It linked narrative theory with autoethnography and critical theory This work was a case in point about the power of discourse and narrative in organisations. In tins chapter we attempt to bring together this work on power and narrative and link this to the research of Ken Parry in leadership, the research of Michael Barry on employment relations and employee voice, and Werner Nienhüser's own work in employment relations and human resource management.
Macht und Employment Relations: Festschrift fuer Werner Nienhueser