Employee Representation and Consultative Voice in Multinational Companies Operating in Britain

30 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2010

See all articles by Paul Marginson

Paul Marginson

Warwick Business School

Paul K. Edwards

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School

Tony Edwards

King's College London

Anthony Ferner

De Montfort University

Olga Tregaskis

University of East Anglia (UEA)

Abstract

Multinational companies (MNCs) from different countries of origin are widely held to have distinct preferences regarding the presence of employee representative structures and the form that employee ‘voice’ over management decisions takes. Such preferences are said to derive from the national models that prevail in the different countries of origin in which MNCs are based. Findings from a large-scale survey of the UK operations of MNCs indicate that country-of-origin influences on patterns of employee representation and emphasis on direct or indirect channels of employee ‘voice’ are attenuated by other factors, notably sector and method of growth. They also reveal significant recent innovation in representation and voice arrangements by this key group of employers.

Suggested Citation

Marginson, Paul and Edwards, Paul K. and Edwards, Tony and Ferner, Anthony and Tregaskis, Olga, Employee Representation and Consultative Voice in Multinational Companies Operating in Britain. British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 48, Issue 1, pp. 151-180, March 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1552194 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8543.2009.00749.x

Paul Marginson (Contact Author)

Warwick Business School ( email )

Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
+44 (0)24 7652 4272 (Phone)

Paul K. Edwards

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School ( email )

Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

Tony Edwards

King's College London ( email )

Anthony Ferner

De Montfort University ( email )

Leicester Business School Department of HRM
Leicester LE1 9BH
United Kingdom

Olga Tregaskis

University of East Anglia (UEA) ( email )

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

Paper statistics

Downloads
4
Abstract Views
601
PlumX Metrics