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The impact of Dutch works councils according to managers


  • A. van den Berg
  • Y.K. Grift
  • A. van Witteloostuijn


Although works councils have, by and large, equally extensive legal rights in Germany and the Netherlands, this is the first econometric analysis that investigates the influence of Dutch works councils on firm performance. We use a nation-wide Dutch dataset with information on management’s perceptions of the works council’s impact on their firms’ efficiency and innovation. Inspired by the German study of Jirjahn and Smith (2006), we analyze which determinants influence management’s attitude toward employee participation in the Netherlands. We establish a preponderant influence emanating from the works council’s role attitude and management’s leadership style.

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  • A. 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.
  • Handle: RePEc:use:tkiwps:0914

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    1. John T. Addison & Claus Schnabel & Joachim Wagner, 2004. "The Course of Research into the Economic Consequences of German Works Councils," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 42(2), pages 255-281, June.
    2. Annette van den Berg, 2004. "The Contribution of Work Representation to Solving the Governance Structure Problem," Journal of Management & Governance, Springer;Accademia Italiana di Economia Aziendale (AIDEA), vol. 8(2), pages 129-148.
    3. Addison, John T., 2005. "The Determinants of Firm Performance: Unions, Works Councils, and Employee Involvement/High Performance Work Practices," IZA Discussion Papers 1620, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    4. Olaf H¸bler & Uwe Jirjahn, 2003. "Works Councils and Collective Bargaining in Germany: The Impact on Productivity and Wages," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 50(4), pages 471-491, September.
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    works councils; managerial response; effectiveness; efficiency; innovation;

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