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Strikes as collective voice: A behavioral analysis of strike activity


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  • John Godard
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    This paper outlines a "collective voice" approach for examining the behavioral determinants of variation in strike activity at the organizational level. The author argues that strikes should be viewed primarily as expressions of worker discontent rather than a result of imperfect or asymmetrical information. An analysis of survey data collected from 112 Canadian firms in 1980-81 indicates that managerial practices, operations size and technology, product market structure and conditions, union politics, and various other factors that influence the behavioral context of negotiations are significantly related to days lost due to strike activity. These findings are generally consistent with predictions from the collective voice approach. (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

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    Article provided by ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School in its journal ILR Review.

    Volume (Year): 46 (1992)
    Issue (Month): 1 (October)
    Pages: 161-175

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    Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:46:y:1992:i:1:p:161-175

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    Cited by:
    1. Stephen Drinkwater & Peter Ingram, 2003. "Have industrial relations in the UK really improved?," School of Economics Discussion Papers 0903, School of Economics, University of Surrey.
    2. Christa Brunnschweiler & Colin Jennings & Ian MacKenzie, 2012. "Rebellion against Reason? A Study of Expressive Choice and Strikes," Working Papers 1205, University of Strathclyde Business School, Department of Economics.
    3. Islam, Gazi, 2008. "Backstage Discourse and the Emergence of Organizational Voices: Exploring Graffiti and Organization," Insper Working Papers wpe_133, Insper Working Paper, Insper Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa.


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