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Board Level Employee Representation in Europe: Priorities, Power and Articulation

Jeremy Waddington (University of Manchester, UK) Aline Conchon (European Trade Union Institute, Belgium)



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06 October 2015
Labour economics; Personnel & human resources management; Boards & directors: role & responsibilities
Board Level Employee Representation in Europe analyses the role, activities and networking of board level employee representatives in sixteen European countries and their counterparts operating in companies that have adopted European status. Board level employee representation is viewed as a key element of worker participation in Europe, but there has been only limited international comparative research that establishes what board level employee representatives do and how their activities vary between countries.

Based on a large-scale survey distributed to board level employee representatives (circa more than 4,000 respondents), this study identifies the personal characteristics and industrial location of board level employee representatives, what they do and how they interact with other parties within and outside of the company. This study fills in a knowledge gap at a time when policy debates are considering stakeholder models of corporate governance as a means on the way out of the crisis and the achievement of sustainable economies.

The book allows direct comparisons between clusters of countries for the first time, as the same survey instrument has been employed in all the participating countries. The research findings demonstrate a large variation in what constitutes board level employee representation in practice, including the relations between board level employee representatives and parties within and external to the company, and the pattern of influence of board level employee representatives on strategic company decision-making.

Aimed at practioners, researchers and policymakers alike, this book makes a vital contribution to the field, and will be the definitive work on board-level employee representation for the foreseeable future.
By:   Jeremy Waddington (University of Manchester UK), Aline Conchon (European Trade Union Institute, Belgium)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   36
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   544g
ISBN:   9781138792029
ISBN 10:   1138792020
Series:   Routledge Research in Employment Relations
Pages:   282
Publication Date:   06 October 2015
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jeremy Waddington is Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Manchester and the Project Coordinator for the European Trade Union Institute, Brussels. Aline Conchon is a Senior Researcher at the European Trade Union Institute, Brussels.

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