The Determinants of Firm Performance: Unions, Works Councils, and Employee Involvement/High Performance Work Practices
John T. Addison
University of South Carolina - Moore School of Business - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1620
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 71
Keywords: Worker representation, employee involvement mechanisms, innovative work practices, training, firm/establishment performance
JEL Classification: J51, J53, M54working papers series
Date posted: June 7, 2005
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