Voice and Involvement at Work: Experience with Non-union Representation

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Paul Gollan, Bruce E. Kaufman, Daphne Taras, Adrian Wilkinson
Routledge, Mar 15, 2014 - Business & Economics - 405 pages

In the last decade, nonunion employee representation (NER) has become a much discussed topic in the fields of human resource management, employment relations, and employment/labor law. This book examines the purpose, structure, and performance of various types of employee representation bodies created by companies in non-union settings to promote collective forums for voice and involvement at the workplace.

This unique volume presents the first longitudinal evidence on the performance, success, and failure of NER plans over an extended time period. Consisting of twelve detailed, in-depth case studies of actual NER plans in operation across four countries, this volume provides unparalleled evidence on such matters as: the motives behind the initial establishment of NER, different organizational forms of NER in industry, key success and failure factors over the long-term, pro and con evaluations for employers and employees, and more. Voice and Involvement at Work captures an unequalled international and comparative perspective through a wide cross-section of different NER forms.

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About the author (2014)

Paul J. Gollan is a Professor of Management and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University, Australia. Paul has authored, coauthored and co-edited 14 books in the fields of human resources and industrial relations. He has also written over 34 book chapters and 52 refereed journal articles.

Bruce Kaufman is Professor of Economics at Georgia State University, USA.He is a labor economist with broad research interests spanning economics, management, law, history, and industrial relations. He has written or edited 16 books and has published over one hundred articles and chapters.

Daphne Taras is Dean of the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and she is a professor in labour and employment relations. Her academic work is at the intersection of labour relations, public policy, and law. She was named a top 100 Woman of Distinction in Canada in 2012.

Adrian Wilkinson is Professor and Director of the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing at Griffith University, Australia. He holds Visiting Professorships at Loughborough University, Sheffield University and the University of Durham, and is an Academic Fellow at the Centre for International Human Resource Management at the Judge Institute, University of Cambridge. Adrian has written/edited twenty books and over one hundred articles in academic journals .

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