- The Oxford Handbook of Participation in Organizations
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- About the Contributors
- Conceptualizing Employee Participation in Organizations
- An HRM Perspective on Employee Participation
- An Industrial Relations Perspective on Employee Participation
- A Legal Perspective on Employee Participation
- Labour Process and Marxist Perspectives on Employee Participation
- An Economic Perspective on Employee Participation
- Direct Employee Participation
- Collective Bargaining as a Form of Employee Participation: : Observations on the United States and Europe
- Employer Strategies Towards Non‐Union Collective Voice
- Worker Directors and Worker Ownership/Cooperatives
- Employee Participation Through Non‐Union Forms of Employee Representation
- Works Councils:: The European Model of Industrial Democracy?
- Employee Share Ownership
- Financial Participation
- Labour Union Responses to Participation in Employing Organizations
- Voice in the Wilderness? The Shift From Union to Non‐Union Voice in Britain
- High Involvement Management and Performance
- Employee Voice and Mutual Gains
- Participation Across Organizational Boundaries
- Public Policy and Employee Participation
- Corporate Governance and Employee Participation
- Cross‐National Variation in Representation Rights and Governance at Work
- Employee Participation in Developing and Emerging Countries
- International and Comparative Perspectives on Employee Participation
- Freedom, Democracy, and Capitalism:: Ethics and Employee Participation
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines the role and extent of employee participation in the main areas of corporate governance. It becomes apparent that there are considerable differences between countries in governance institutions and practices. Many of these differences hinge on the role of employees in the governance process. The article provides an overview of the main practitioner and academic perspectives on governance, highlighting differences in the role accorded to employees. It outlines the broad national and comparative perspectives to provide some context for the subsequent discussion of more specific aspects of employee involvement. The article also identifies the main elements of corporate governance systems: the involvement of owners, the role of governing boards, information flows and transparency, the remuneration of managers, and the market for corporate control. All these are addressed with reference to the actual and potential participation of employees. In the last section, some broad conclusions are drawn.
Howard Gospel is Professor of Management at King's College, University of London; a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics; and a Fellow of the Said Business School, University of Oxford, all in the UK. His research interests include the development of employer labor policy, corporate governance and human resource management, forms of employee representation, and training and development. He has published widely on these topics in historical and contemporary contexts, often with an international and comparative perspective.
Andrew Pendleton is Professor of Human Resource Management at the Business School of the Manchester Metropolitan University.
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