Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login

Verbreitung und Bestimmungsgründe verschiedener Formen der Arbeitnehmerpartizipation in Industriebetrieben


Author Info

  • Schnabel, Claus
  • Wagner, Joachim


Eine empirische Untersuchung mit einem großen Betriebsdatensatz macht deutlich, dass direkte Arbeitnehmerpartizipation in Form von Gruppenarbeit und regelmäßigen Mitarbeitergesprächen in mehr Industriebetrieben zu finden ist als repräsentative Partizipation durch Betriebsräte. Die mitbestimmungsfreie Zone darf damit keinesfalls mit einer partizipationsfreien Zone gleichgesetzt werden. Eine ökonometrische Analyse der Bestimmungsgründe der einzelnen Partizipationsformen ergibt, dass die Existenz von Betriebsräten in erster Linie durch betriebliche Organisationsmerkmale, Beschäftigtenstrukturen und damit einher gehende Betriebsratsfunktionen erklärt werden kann, wohingegen die Determinanten direkter Partizipation weniger gut identifizierbar sind. Positive Zusammenhänge zeigen sich zwischen Mitarbeitergesprächen und Gruppenarbeit sowie zwischen Mitarbeitergesprächen und der Existenz eines Betriebsrates, während Gruppenarbeit in einem negativen Zusammenhang mit der Existenz eines Betriebsrates zu stehen scheint. -- An empirical analysis with a large set of establishment data makes clear that direct participation of employees in the form of teamworking and of active discussions with management can be found in more manufacturing firms than representative participation via works councils. This implies that the codetermination- free zone is not to be equated with an absence of participation. An econometric analysis of the determinants of these three forms of participation shows that works council existence is mainly explained by organisational features, the composition of the workforce and related works council functions whereas the determinants of direct participation can be less clearly identified. Positive relationships show up between active discussions and teamworking and between active discussions and works council existence, but teamworking seems to be negatively related to works council existence.

Download Info

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
File URL:
Download Restriction: no

Bibliographic Info

Paper provided by Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Labour and Regional Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 5.

as in new window
Date of creation: 2001
Date of revision:
Handle: RePEc:zbw:faulre:5

Contact details of provider:
Web page:
More information through EDIRC

Related research

Keywords: Arbeitnehmerpartizipation; Betriebsverfassungsgesetz;

Find related papers by JEL classification:


References listed on IDEAS
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
as in new window
  1. Addison, John T & Schnabel, Claus & Wagner, Joachim, 1996. "German Works Councils, Profits, and Innovation," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 49(4), pages 555-82.
  2. David Neumark & Peter Cappelli, 1999. "Do "High Performance" Work Practices Improve Establishment-Level Outcomes?," NBER Working Papers 7374, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Richard B. Freeman & Edward P. Lazear, 1995. "An Economic Analysis of Works Councils," NBER Chapters, in: Works Councils: Consultation, Representation, and Cooperation in Industrial Relations, pages 27-52 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  4. Fitzroy, Felix R & Kraft, Kornelius, 1987. "Efficiency and Internal Organization: Works Councils in West German Firms," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 54(216), pages 493-504, November.
  5. Addison, John T & Schnabel, Claus & Wagner, Joachim, 2001. "Work Councils in Germany: Their Effects on Establishment Performance," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 53(4), pages 659-94, October.
  6. Heywood, John S & Hubler, Olaf & Jirjahn, Uwe, 1998. "Variable Payment Schemes and Industrial Relations: Evidence from Germany," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 51(2), pages 237-57.
  7. Addison, John T. & Schnabel, Claus & Wagner, Joachim, 2000. "Die mitbestimmungsfreie Zone aus ökonomischer Sicht," Discussion Papers 1, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Labour and Regional Economics.
  8. Richard B. Freeman & Morris M. Kleiner & Cheri Ostroff, 2000. "The Anatomy of Employee Involvement and Its Effects on Firms and Workers," NBER Working Papers 8050, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)


Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
as in new window

Cited by:
  1. Lutz Bellmann & Peter Ellguth, 2006. "Verbreitung von Betriebsräten und ihr Einfluss auf die betriebliche Weiterbildung," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Statistics and Economics, vol. 226(5), pages 487-504, September.


This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.


Access and download statistics


When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:zbw:faulre:5. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (ZBW - German National Library of Economics).

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.