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Handbook Of Research On Employee Voice

Adrian Wilkinson , Jimmy Donaghey , Tony Dundon , Richard B. Freeman

Edited by Adrian Wilkinson, Professor of Employment Relations, Griffith University, Australia, Jimmy Donaghey, Reader of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, University of Warwick, UK, Tony Dundon, Professor of HRM and Employment Relations, NUI Galway, Ireland and Richard B. Freeman, Professor of Economics, Harvard University and National Bureau of Economic Research, US

2014 520 pp Hardback 978 0 85793 926 5
ebook isbn 978 0 85793 927 2

Hardback £150.00 on-line price £135.00


Series: Research Handbooks in Business and Management series

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‘This Handbook is an important contribution to knowledge about employee voice which combines a variety of approaches to the subject by drawing on different disciplines, forms and philosophies. It provides new research from a wide range of national and international experience and covers both collective and individual means of expressing the views of employees in the workplace. A feature of the Handbook is that it covers not only employment relations perspectives on the subject but also draws upon human resource management as well as organisational studies. The editors are leading authors in the subject area and have brought together both established authors and emerging scholars who have fresh approaches to the role of employee voice in organisations and society. I am sure that the Handbook will become a standard reference in the future.’
– Russell Lansbury, University of Sydney, Australia

Contributors: B. Abbott, M.M.C. Allen, A.C. Avgar, N. Balnave, A. Barnes, C. Benassi, J. Benders, C.T. Brinsfield, A. Bryson, J.W. Budd, S. Chillas, N. Cullinane, T. Dobbins, V. Doellgast, J. Donaghey, T. Dundon, J. Foley, R.B. Freeman, P.J. Gollan, R. Gomez, M.G. Menéndez, J.A. Gruman, B. Harley, E. Heery, P. Holland, S. Johnstone, S. Kaine, B.E. Kaufman, T. Kretschmer, D. Lewin, A.A. Luchak, M.M. Lucio, C. MacMillan, A. Marks, W. Nienhüser, S. Owens, M.F. Özbilgin , G. Patmore, D.M. Pohler, S. Procter, A. Pyman, A.M. Saks, M. Sameer, J. Syed, L. Thornthwaite, K. Townsend, A. Wilkinson, S. Williams, P. Willman, Y. Xu

Further information

The term ‘employee voice’ refers to the ways and means through which employees can attempt to have a say and influence organizational issues that affect their work and the interests of managers and owners. The concept is distinct, but related to and often overlapping with issues such as participation, involvement and, more recently, engagement. This Handbook provides an up-to-date survey of the current research into employee voice, sets this research into context and sets a marker for future research in the area.

The contributors are all expert in their field. The book examines the theory and history of employee voice and what voice means to various actors, including employers, middle managers, employees, unions and policy-makers. The authors observe how these actors engage in various voice processes, such as collective bargaining, grievance procedures, task-based voice, partnership and mutual gains. The efforts that have been made to date to evaluate voice across and between firms are then assessed, before the contributors go on to open up the debate on potential new areas for voice research, with a focus on voice and its relationship to organizational inclusion and exclusion.

Full table of contents


1. Employee Voice: Charting New Terrain
Adrian Wilkinson, Tony Dundon, Jimmy Donaghey and Richard B. Freeman

2. Employee Voice before Hirschman: Its Early History, Conceptualization, and Practice
Bruce E. Kaufman

3. Hirschmann and Voice
Matthew M.C. Allen

4. Employee Voice and the Transaction Cost Economics Project
Paul Willman, Alex Bryson, Rafael Gomez and Tobias Kretschmer

5. Industrial Democracy in the 21st Century
Janice Foley

6. High Performance Work Systems and Employee Voice
Bill Harley

7. Labour Process Perspectives on Employee Voice
Abigail Marks and Shiona Chillas

8. Employee Voice and Silence in Organisation Behaviour
Chad T. Brinsfield

9. Employers and Voice
Peter Holland

10. The Role of Line Managers in Employee Voice Systems
Keith Townsend

11. Union Voice
Sarah Kaine

12. The Missing Employee in Employee Voice Research
Dionne M. Pohler and Andrew A. Luchakr

13. Civil Society Organisations and Employee Voice
Edmund Heery, Brian Abbott and Steve Williams

14. Collective Bargaining
Virginia Dollesgast and Chiara Benassi

15. Works Councils
Werner Nienhüser

16. Joint Consultative Committees
Amanda Pyman

17. Individual Voice: Grievance and Other Procedures
David Lewin

18. Task Base Voice: Teamworking, Autonomy and Performance
Stephen Procter and Jos Benders

19. Workplace Partnership
Stewart Johnstone

20. Voice in the Mutual Gains Organisation
Ariel C. Avgar and Stacey Owens

21. Non-union Employee Representation
Tony Dobbins and Tony Dundon

22. Regulation of Employee Voice
Paul J. Gollan, Glenn Patmore and Ying Xu

23. Voice Across Borders: Comparing and Explaining the Dynamics of Participation in a Context of Change
Maria González Menéndez and Miguel Martínez Lucio

24. Employee Silence
Niall Cullinane and Jimmy Donaghey

25. Employee Voice in the SME Context
Muhammad Sameer and Mustafa F. Özbilgin

26. Diversity Management and Missing Voices
Jawed Syed

27. E-voice: How Network and Media Technologies are Shaping Employee Voice
Nikola Balnave, Alison Barnes, Craig MacMillan and Louise Thornthwaite

28. Being Psychologically Present When Speaking Up: Employee Voice Engagement
Jamie A. Gruman and Alan M. Saks

29. The Future of Employee Voice
John W. Budd


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