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The Determinants of Firm Performance: Unions, Works Councils, and Employee Involvement/High Performance Work Practices

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  • John T. Addison

    (University of South Carolina (U.S.A.), GEMF/Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal) and IZA Bonn (Alemanha))

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Drawing on international evidence, this paper offers a survey of the effects of worker representation (in unions and works councils) and innovative work practices on firm performance. The focus is on the growing links between these two historically separate literatures. The interaction between worker representation and high performance work practices provides a practical means of peering inside the black box of collective voice, even if there is as yet no well-determined hierarchy for productivity performance and certainly no blue-print for the future of unions.

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Paper provided by GEMF - Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra in its series GEMF Working Papers with number 2005-03.

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Length: 63 pages
Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:gmf:wpaper:2005-03

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Keywords: Worker representation; employee involvement mechanisms; innovative work practices; training; firm/establishment performance;

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  1. Gilbert Cette & Nicolas Dromel & Rémy Lecat & Anne-Charlotte Paret, 2012. "Labour relations quality and productivity : An empirical analysis on French firms," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00721296, HAL.
  2. Fathi Fakhfakh & Virginie Perotin & Monica Gago, 2012. "Productivity, Capital, and Labor in Labor-Managed and Conventional Firms in France," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 65(4), pages 847-879, October.
  3. Felix R. FitzRoy & Michael A. Nolan, 2005. "Value of Work: Bargaining, job-satisfaction, and taxation in a simple GE model," Discussion Paper Series, Department of Economics 200515, Department of Economics, University of St. Andrews.
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  5. Fathi Fakhfakh & Virginie Perotin & Monica Gago, 2011. "Productivity, Capital and Labor in Labor-Managed and Conventional Firms," TEPP Working Paper 2011-08, TEPP.
  6. Addison, John T. & Teixeira, Paulino, 2006. "Does the Quality of Industrial Relations Matter for the Macro Economy? A Cross-Country Analysis Using Strikes Data," IZA Discussion Papers 1968, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  7. 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.
  8. Stefan Bauernschuster & Oliver Falck & Stephan Heblich, 2008. "The Impact of Continuous Training on a Firm’s Innovations," Economics of Education Working Paper Series 0024, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU).
  9. John T. Addison & Paulino Teixeira, 2007. "Are Good Industrial Relations Good for the Economy?," Working Paper Series 28-07, The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, revised Jul 2007.
  10. Fakhfakh F. & Perotin V. & Gago M., 2009. "Productivity, Capital and Labor in Labor-Managed and Conventional Firms," Working Papers ERMES 0910, ERMES, University Paris 2.
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  12. FitzRoy, Felix & Nolan, Michael A., 2005. "Value of Work: Bargaining, Job-Satisfaction, and Taxation in a Simple GE Model," IZA Discussion Papers 1760, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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