Organizational Participation: Myth and Reality

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byFrank Heller, Eugen Pusic, George Strauss

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Team-working, partnership, quality circles, works councils, industrial democracy, empowerment - are they distinct and innovative arrangements or is it a case of new wine in old bottles? In the post war period we have seen numerous forms of organizational participation sometimes asexperiments, sometimes as negotiated expediency, and sometimes as hype. Different ideas have emerged from different parts of the world, in different industries, at different times with different objectives. In this book four experienced international analysts take the longer view and look at the changing forms of - and changing debates around - orgnaizational participation. The review an extensive literature of experiments and practical experiences through a critical evaluation of the available data to reach balanced conclusions about the importance and utility of this concept for organizations now and in the future.

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Team-working, partnership, quality circles, works councils, industrial democracy, empowerment - are they distinct and innovative arrangements or is it a case of new wine in old bottles? In the post war period we have seen numerous forms of organizational participation sometimes asexperiments, sometimes as negotiated expediency, and so...

Frank Heller is at Tavistock Institute for Human Relations. Eugen Pusic is at Zagreb University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. An Overview2. Organizational Participation: A View from Psychology3. Organization Theory and Participation4. Collective Bargaining, Unions, and Participation5. Playing the Devil's Advocate: Limits to Influence Sharing in Theory and Practice6. Participation Works - If Conditions are Appropriate7. Myth and Reality: Valediction

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...a book which succeeds in its attempt to provide a balanced picture of organizational participation. What makes this book particularly refreshing is the way it brings together theory and practical solutions in a balanced way and yet with enthusiasm...an important book... for those lookingfor a critical evaluation of the literature and practices of organization participation. There is something in this for everyone with an interest in the subject from academics to managers or trade unionists. Thoroughly recommended. - Brian Chaney. QWL Notes and Abstracts. Winter 1999.