The Union and Its Members: A Psychological Approach

Hardcover | October 1, 1992

byJulian Barling, Clive Fullagar, K. Kevin Kelloway

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This work explores three key topics in social psychology: the manner in which labor unions shape organizational behavior, a relationship which has been effectively ignored in the literature; the organization of the union itself, a fascinating test case for the organizational psychologist; andthe way in which theories and methods of organizational psychology may assist labor organizations in achieving their goals. Since the union maintains unique characteristics of democracy, conflict, and voluntary participation within a larger organization, the authors offer a detailed study of aunion's dynamics, including demographic and personality predictors of membership, voting behavior, union commitment and loyalty, the nature of participation, leadership styles, collective bargaining, among other topics. This is the first book to be published in the new Industrial/OrganizationalPsychology Series. It will be of interest to not only industrial/organizational psychologists in industry, academia, and private and public organizations, but to graduate students in psychology departments and business schools, and to academics and professionals in business and management studyingindustrial relations.

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Labor unions are fascinating organizations, embodying elements of democracy, conflict, and voluntary participation. This unique book explores the dynamics of individual attachment to unions. The authors offer a detailed psychological perspective of the entire unionization process, including early family socialization, the decision to v...

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This work explores three key topics in social psychology: the manner in which labor unions shape organizational behavior, a relationship which has been effectively ignored in the literature; the organization of the union itself, a fascinating test case for the organizational psychologist; andthe way in which theories and methods of org...

Julian Barling is at Queen's University. Clive Fullagar is at Kansas State University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.49 × 6.38 × 1.06 inPublished:October 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Organizational Psychology and Unions2. The Structure of Labor Organizations3. The Unionization Process4. Union Commitment5. Union Participation6. Union Leadership: The Role of the Shop Steward7. Breakdowns in the Unionization Process8. Effects of Unions on Organizational Behavior9. Concluding Thoughts and Challenges

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Labor unions are fascinating organizations, embodying elements of democracy, conflict, and voluntary participation. This unique book explores the dynamics of individual attachment to unions. The authors offer a detailed psychological perspective of the entire unionization process, including early family socialization, the decision to vote for union representation, the development of commitment to the union, members' participation in the union, union leadership, and decertification. The effect of unions on organizational functioning is also considered. The result is a comprehensive assessment of psychological knowledge on the entire unionization process, with a focus on how psychological research might be used to further the goal of workplace democracy. The book will be of interest to a wide range of academics, researchers, professionals and students, especially those in the fields of industrial psychology and organizational behavior, industrial relations, business and management.

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"An important addition to the burgeoning research literature of the field. . . because it is the first to thoroughly and systematically appraise the state of the art. . . . there is no other book like this. The author's contribution goes well beyond that of a literature review or referencework; by identifying the gaps in our knowledge of the psychology of unionism they present a clear and comprehensive agenda for the growing number of researchers in the field. I anticipate that this volume will be widely read and updated frequently." --Gary N. Chaison (Clark University), RelationsIndustrielles