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All in All, it's Just Another Plaque on the Wall: The Incidence and Impact of the Investors in People Standard

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The Investors in People Standard was introduced in 1991 in order to provide a national benchmark of training and development activity. This article, using data from the 1998 Workplace Employee Relations Survey (Department for Trade and Industry, 1999), conducts five tests with regard to the incidence and impact of the Standard. The first test evaluates the types of workplace that have secured accreditation. The second and third tests compare the nature of training practice in accredited and non-accredited workplaces, based on data from the WERS 98 main management survey and also the survey of employees. The fourth test evaluates the proportion of workplaces that have secured accreditation, yet are failing to engage in good practice. The final test evaluates the characteristics of workplaces that fall into this latter category. The results demonstrate considerable variation between different types of workplace with regard to the likelihood of accreditation having been secured. They also demonstrate that, on average, training practice is better in accredited workplaces than in non-accredited workplaces, but a large minority of accredited workplaces are failing to engage in good practice. Among workplaces that have accreditation, smaller workplaces stand out in particular as failing to engage in good training practice. Copyright Blackwell Publishers Ltd 2003.

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  • Kim Hoque, 2003. "All in All, it's Just Another Plaque on the Wall: The Incidence and Impact of the Investors in People Standard," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 40(2), pages 543-571, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jomstd:v:40:y:2003:i:2:p:543-571
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    1. George Saridakis & Sukanya Sen-Gupta & Paul Edwards & David J. Storey, 2008. "The Impact of Enterprise Size on Employment Tribunal Incidence and Outcomes: Evidence from Britain," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 46(3), pages 469-499, September.

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