Does Partnership at Work Increase Trust? An Analysis Based on the 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey

29 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2008

See all articles by David Guest

David Guest

King's College London - The Management Centre

William Brown

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Economics and Politics

Riccardo Peccei

University of London, King's College London, Department of Management

Katy Huxley

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

In the late 1990s, partnership at work was embraced with some enthusiasm by a number of stakeholders in employment relations and incorporated in the 1999 Employment Relations Act. The implementation of the Information and Consultation Regulations has also been extensively signaled. We might therefore expect to see some evidence of partnership-related practices in Britain. The 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey (WERS 2004) provides an opportunity to explore the extent of partnership practice, and also, for the first time, to explore its link to trust relations. This article reports evidence from WERS 2004 suggesting that partnership practice remains relatively undeveloped and that it is only weakly related to trust between management and employee representatives and to employees trust in management. Direct forms of participation generally have a more positive association with trust than representative forms. There is also modest evidence that trust may be associated with certain workplace outcomes. The case for partnership and more particularly representative partnership as a basis for mutuality and trust is not supported by this evidence.

Suggested Citation

Guest, David and Brown, William Arthur and Peccei, Riccardo and Huxley, Katy, Does Partnership at Work Increase Trust? An Analysis Based on the 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey. Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 39, Issue 2, pp. 124-152, March 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1089904 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2338.2007.00481.x

David Guest (Contact Author)

King's College London - The Management Centre ( email )

150 Stamford Street
London, SE1 9NN
United Kingdom

William Arthur Brown

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Economics and Politics ( email )

Austin Robinson Building
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge, CB3 9DD
United Kingdom

Riccardo Peccei

University of London, King's College London, Department of Management ( email )

150 Stamford Street
London, SE1 9NN
United Kingdom
0207 848 4094 (Phone)
0207 848 4094 (Fax)

Katy Huxley

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
23
Abstract Views
855
PlumX Metrics