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

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  • Addison, John T.

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    (University of South Carolina)

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Drawing on evidence from the United States and Germany, 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 Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1620.

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Length: 71 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2005
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Publication status: published in: Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 2005, 52 (3), 406-450
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp1620

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

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  1. Stefan Bauernschuster & Oliver Falck & Stephan Heblich, 2008. "The Impact of Continuous Training on a Firm’s Innovations," CESifo Working Paper Series 2258, CESifo Group Munich.
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  8. John T. Addison & Paulino Teixeira, 2006. "Does the Quality of Industrial Relations Matter for the Macro Economy? A Cross-Country Analysis Using Strikes Data," GEMF Working Papers 2006-02, GEMF - Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra.
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