Industry Change and Union Mergers in British Retail Finance

Morris, Tim, Storey, John and Wilkinson, Adrian (2001) Industry Change and Union Mergers in British Retail Finance. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 39 (2). pp. 237-256.


This paper investigates the reasons for and implications of the recent merger between three of the largest unions in the retail finance sector, creating UNIFI. Recent union mergers have been explained by environmental changes adversely affecting membership and finances. These prompt leaders to consider merger as an appropriate organizational solution. Mergers are successfully concluded when leaders are able to overcome internal resistance and develop acceptable outcomes. We examine whether these factors are sufficient to explain how the merger between the national banking union and two large company-based staff unions was concluded, given longstanding institutional rivalry.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: banking; mergers
Subject(s): Professional services
Corporate reputation
Centre: Centre for Professional Firms
Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2011 14:20
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:05

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