Worker participation and firm performance : evidence from Germany and Britain

John T. ADDISON, Stanley W. SIEBERT, Joachim WAGNER, Xiangdong WEI

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    Abstract

    The Freeman–Lazear works council/worker involvement model is assessed over two distinct industrial relations regimes. In non-union British establishments our measures of employee involvement are associated with improved economic performance, whereas for unionized plants negative results are detected. The suggestion is that local distributive bargaining can cause the wrong level of worker involvement to be chosen. Also consistent with the model is our finding that mandatory works councils do not impair, and may even improve, the performance of larger German establishments. Yet smaller plants with works councils under-perform, illustrating the problem of tailoring mandates to fit heterogeneous populations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)7-48
    Number of pages42
    JournalBritish Journal of Industrial Relations
    Volume38
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2000

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    Industrial relations
    Personnel
    Economics
    Works councils
    Germany
    Firm performance
    Worker participation
    Workers
    Tailoring
    Mandate
    Heterogeneous population
    Employee involvement
    Economic performance

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    ADDISON, John T. ; SIEBERT, Stanley W. ; WAGNER, Joachim ; WEI, Xiangdong. / Worker participation and firm performance : evidence from Germany and Britain. In: British Journal of Industrial Relations. 2000 ; Vol. 38, No. 1. pp. 7-48.
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    Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

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