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The Power of Participation? Power Relations and Processes in Employee-owned Companies

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  • Thomas Steger
  • Ronald Hartz

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Introducing employee participation in a company can be expected to change the power relations and the power processes within the organization. This is particularly true when the majority ownership of a company moves into the hand of its employees. Drawing on three case studies of East German companies this paper describes how the introduction of employee ownership interrelates with power relations and processes in the company. Moreover, some overarching patterns were derived from the analysis finally resulting in seven propositions about how employee ownership and power are linked to each other.

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  • Thomas Steger & Ronald Hartz, 2008. "The Power of Participation? Power Relations and Processes in Employee-owned Companies," Zeitschrift fuer Personalforschung. German Journal of Research in Human Resource Management, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 22(2), pages 152-170.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:zfpers:doi_10.1688/1862-0000_zfp_2008_02_steger
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    1. Steger, Thomas & Sieg, Rainer & Kluge, Norbert, 2017. "Belegschaftsaktionäre in deutschen Großunternehmen: Herausforderungen und Chancen für die Mitbestimmung," Mitbestimmungsreport 38, Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, Düsseldorf.

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    Keywords

    Employee Ownership; Employee-owned Company; Power; Small and Medium-sized Enterprises; Company Crisis; East Germany;

    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation
    • M52 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Compensation and Compensation Methods and Their Effects
    • M54 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Labor Management
    • P31 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Socialist Enterprises and Their Transitions

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