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Regional Competitiveness: Labor-Management Relations, Workplace Practices, and Workforce Quality


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  • Jack Kleinhenz
  • Russ Smith
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    This paper examines regional competitiveness as it relates to regional labor-management relations. A survey of recent literature provides perspective and secondary evidence regarding labor-management relations, workplace practices, and workforce quality. It does not answer the question, “Are unions good or bad?” Rather, it investigates the themes of productivity, wage premium, job security, innovation, communication, and economic development—the larger picture to consider when evaluating the impact of unions. The information, issues, and data gained from the literature survey provided a background for several case studies that took the form of structured, group interviews that included both selected management and union representatives. Interview findings provide evidence that union-management cooperation in the workplace is both feasible and productive, supporting findings in the literature.

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    Article provided by Palgrave Macmillan in its journal Business Economics.

    Volume (Year): 46 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 2 (April)
    Pages: 111-124

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    Handle: RePEc:pal:buseco:v:46:y:2011:i:2:p:111-124

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    1. Constantine Manasakis & Vasileios Zikos, 2007. "Unions' and Firms' Attitudes Towards Research Joint Ventures: When Will the Incentives Be Aligned?," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 21(1), pages 135-156, 03.
    2. Elisabetta Magnani & David Prentice, 2006. "Unionization and input flexibility in U.S. manufacturing, 1973-1996," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 59(3), pages 386-407, April.
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