IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Login to save this article or follow this journal

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

  • Jack Kleinhenz
  • Russ Smith
Registered author(s):

    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.

    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:
    File Function: Link to full text PDF
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

    File URL:
    File Function: Link to full text HTML
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.

    Article provided by Palgrave Macmillan in its journal Business Economics.

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

    in new window

    Handle: RePEc:pal:buseco:v:46:y:2011:i:2:p:111-124
    Contact details of provider: Web page:

    Order Information: Postal: Palgrave Macmillan Journals, Subscription Department, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 6XS, UK
    Web: Email:

    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. Ann C. Frost, 2000. "Explaining variation in workplace restructuring: The role of local union capabilities," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 53(4), pages 559-578, July.
    2. Merwin W. Mitchell & Joe A. Stone, 1992. "Union Effects on Productivity: Evidence from Western U.S. Sawmills," ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 46(1), pages 135-145, October.
    3. 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.
    4. Bruce E. Kaufman, 2004. "What Unions Do: Insights from Economic Theory," Journal of Labor Research, Transaction Publishers, vol. 25(3), pages 351-382, July.
    5. Richard B. Freeman & Morris M. Kleiner, 1999. "Do Unions Make Enterprises Insolvent?," ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 52(4), pages 510-527, July.
    6. John DiNardo & David S. Lee, 2004. "Economic Impacts of New Unionization On Private Sector Employers: 1984-2001," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 119(4), pages 1383-1441, November.
    7. 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.
    8. Bruce E. Kaufman, 2005. "What Do Unions Do?--Evaluation and Commentary," Journal of Labor Research, Transaction Publishers, vol. 26(4), pages 555-596, November.
    9. Barry T. Hirsch, 2004. "What Do Unions Do for Economic Performance?," Journal of Labor Research, Transaction Publishers, vol. 25(3), pages 415-456, July.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

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

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:pal:buseco:v:46:y:2011:i:2:p:111-124. 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: (Daniel Foley)

    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.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.