The Oxford Handbook of Participation in Organizations

Paperback | December 3, 2011

EditorAdrian Wilkinson, Paul J. Gollan, Mick Marchington

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Employee participation encompasses the range of mechanisms used to involve the workforce in decisions at all levels of the organization - whether direct or indirect - conducted with employees or through their representatives. In its various guises, the topic of employee participation has beena recurring theme in industrial relations and human resource management. One of the problems in trying to develop any analysis of participation is that there is potentially limited overlap between these different disciplinary traditions, and scholars from diverse traditions may know relativelylittle of the research that has been done elsewhere. Accordingly in this book, a number of the more significant disciplinary areas are analysed in greater depth in order to ensure that readers gain a better appreciation of what participation means from these quite different contextual perspectives.Not only is there a range of different traditions contributing to the research and literature on the subject, there is also an extremely diverse sets of practices that congregate under the banner of participation. The handbook discusses various arguments and schools of thought about employeeparticipation, analyzes the range of forms that participation can take in practice, and examines the way in which it meets objectives that are set for it, either by employers, trade unions, individual workers, or, indeed, the state. In doing so, the Handbook brings together leading scholars from around the world who present and discuss fundamental theories and approaches to participation in organization as well as their connection to broader political forces. These selections address the changing contexts of employeeparticipation, different cultural/ institutional models, old/'new' economy models, shifting social and political patterns, and the correspondence between industrial and political democracy and participation.

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Employee participation encompasses the range of mechanisms used to involve the workforce in decisions at all levels of the organization - whether direct or indirect - conducted with employees or through their representatives. In its various guises, the topic of employee participation has beena recurring theme in industrial relations an...

Adrian Wilkinson is Professor of Employment Relations at Griffith University and Director of the Centre for Work, Organization, and Wellbeing. He is also a Visiting Professor at Loughborough University Business School. His books include Making Quality Critical (1995), Managing Quality and Human Resource (1997), Managing through TQM: T...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:640 pagesPublished:December 3, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199693730

ISBN - 13:9780199693733

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Part I: Introduction1. Adrian Wilkinson, Paul J. Gollan, Mick Marchington, and David Lewin: Conceptualizing Employee Participation in OrganizationsPart II: Perspectives2. Peter Boxall and John Purcell: An HRM Perspective on Employee Participation3. Peter Ackers: An Industrial Relations Perspective on Employee Participation4. Glenn Patmore: A Legal Perspective on Employee Participation5. Miguel Martinez Lucio: Labour Process and Marxist Perspectives on Employee Participation6. David Marsden and Almudena Canibano: An Economic Perspective on Employee ParticipationPart III: Forms of Participation in Practice7. Adrian Wilkinson and Tony Dundon: Direct Employee Participation8. Richard Block and Peter Berg: Collective Bargaining as a Form of Employee Participation: Observations on the United States and Europe9. Paul J. Gollan: Employer Strategies Towards Non-Union Collective Voice10. Raymond Markey, Nicola Balnave, and Greg Patmore: Worker Directors and Work Ownership/Cooperatives11. Bruce E. Kaufman and Daphne G. Taras: Employee Participation Through Non-Union Forms of Employee Representation12. Rebecca Gumbrell-McCormick and Richard Hyman: Works Councils: The European Model of Industrial Democracy?13. Eric Kaarsemaker, Andrew Pendleton, and Erik Poutsma: Employee Share Ownership14. Ian Kessler: Financial ParticipationPart IV: Processes and Outcomes15. Gregor Gall: Labour Union Responses to Participation in Employing Organisations16. Rafael Gomez, Alex Bryson, and Paul Willman: Voice in the Wilderness? The Shift from Union to Non-Union Voice in Britain17. Stephen Wood: High Involvement Management and Performance18. David Lewin: Employee Voice and Mutual GainsPart V: Policy and Comparative Issues19. Mick Marchington and Andrew R. Timming: Participation Across Organizational Boundaries20. John W. Budd and Stefan Zagelmeyer: Public Policy and Employee Participation21. Howard Gospel and Andrew Pendleton: Corporate Governance and Employee Participation22. Carola Frege and John Godard: Cross-National Variation in Representation Rights and Governance at Work23. Geoffrey Wood: Employee Participation in Developing and Emerging Countries24. Nick Wailes and Russell D. Lansbury: International and Comparative Perspectives on Employee Participation25. Robyn Archer: Freedom, Democracy, and Capitalism: Ethics and Employee Participation

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"As a rich, contemporary, and relevant overview of the nature, importance and benefits of participation this book will be hard to beat." --Linda Holbeche, Developing HR Strategy Journal 07/05/2010