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The Contribution of Work Representation to Solving the Governance Structure Problem

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  • Annette van den Berg

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    The aim of this paper is to explain in what ways work representation may contribute to an efficient governance structure. The insights from institutional economic theories will be applied to two different kinds of employee participation, namely trade unions and works councils. From the discussion it follows that the latter may be better equipped than the former to play an effective role in corporate decision-making, owing to its specific institutionalisation. The paper concludes with the finding that works councils could fulfil an important economic function, by protecting the interests of the employees as well as those of the shareholders.

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Management and Governance.

    Volume (Year): 8 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 129-148

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:jmgtgv:v:8:y:2004:i:2:p:129-148

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    1. J.E. van den Berg & Y.K. Grift & A. van Witteloostuijn, 2009. "The impact of Dutch works councils according to managers," Working Papers 09-14, Utrecht School of Economics.
    2. Gordon Liu & Catherine Liston-Heyes & Wai-Wai Ko, 2010. "Employee Participation in Cause-Related Marketing Strategies: A Study of Management Perceptions from British Consumer Service Industries," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 92(2), pages 195-210, March.

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