Are Unions Good or Bad for Organizations? The Moderating Role of Management's Response

37 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2015

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Dionne Pohler

University of Toronto

Andrew A. Luchak

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Date Written: September 2015

Abstract

Union impact research has been hindered by an underdeveloped conceptualization of management response, contributing to inconclusive empirical findings. Integrating the collective voice/institutional response model with the appropriateness framework, we propose that an employee‐focused business strategy is a critical moderating variable in the relationship between union density and organizational outcomes that mitigates the negative effects of unions and enhances the positive effects by sending a clear signal of management's intentions to co‐operate. Using a panel dataset of Canadian organizations over six years, we provide empirical evidence to support our arguments. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.

Suggested Citation

Pohler, Dionne and Luchak, Andrew A., Are Unions Good or Bad for Organizations? The Moderating Role of Management's Response (September 2015). British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 53, Issue 3, pp. 423-459, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2649472 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12042

Dionne Pohler (Contact Author)

University of Toronto ( email )

121 St. George St.
Toronto, ON M5S 2E8
Canada

Andrew A. Luchak

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

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