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March 1989, Vol. 112, No. 3
How human resource systems adjust to the shift towards contingent workers
Richard S. Belous
The human resource systems at many American corporations have experienced vast change in recent years because of increased competitive pressures. A key part of this change has been the dramatic growth of the "contingent" work force, which consists of workers who do not have a long-term attachment to their employers (for example, temporary, part-time, and subcontracted workers).
Corporations have responded to the competitive pressures by making employer-employee relations more flexible. In the 1980's, employers have generally used three methods to increase human resource flexibility. These shifts in employer behavior represent major institutional changes:
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