Although company welfare has been discussed at great length in international historiography, only in recent years have works been published that analyse its persistence over time. Detailed research has concentrated on the decades following World War II, which saw the radical modernisation of European business culture under the influence of studies made in the USA. In Italy in particular, Human Relations had an impact on the concept of the company and became the subject of an ample discussion, whose many participants included members of the government, trade unions, industrialists, and even the country’s leading companies. I examine how HR was perceived and what it actually signified to the different participants in the debate. This is the first step towards evaluating its real impact on company welfare; it reveals the persistence and further expansion of company welfare, which nevertheless came into conflict with state welfare in the decades following the economic boom in the 1950s and 60s. The singularity of the Italian situation requires a broad comparison with the international situation on the persistence of company welfare and its crucial development; this, however, requires adequate study of the various Italian cases.

Varini, V. (2021). Governing thr Enterprise: The Transition from Welfare Capitalism to Human Relations in Post-World War Two Italian Business. ESSAYS IN ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS HISTORY, 39(1), 105-128.

Governing thr Enterprise: The Transition from Welfare Capitalism to Human Relations in Post-World War Two Italian Business

Varini, V
2021

Abstract

Although company welfare has been discussed at great length in international historiography, only in recent years have works been published that analyse its persistence over time. Detailed research has concentrated on the decades following World War II, which saw the radical modernisation of European business culture under the influence of studies made in the USA. In Italy in particular, Human Relations had an impact on the concept of the company and became the subject of an ample discussion, whose many participants included members of the government, trade unions, industrialists, and even the country’s leading companies. I examine how HR was perceived and what it actually signified to the different participants in the debate. This is the first step towards evaluating its real impact on company welfare; it reveals the persistence and further expansion of company welfare, which nevertheless came into conflict with state welfare in the decades following the economic boom in the 1950s and 60s. The singularity of the Italian situation requires a broad comparison with the international situation on the persistence of company welfare and its crucial development; this, however, requires adequate study of the various Italian cases.
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Varini, V. (2021). Governing thr Enterprise: The Transition from Welfare Capitalism to Human Relations in Post-World War Two Italian Business. ESSAYS IN ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS HISTORY, 39(1), 105-128.
Varini, V
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