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The sound of silence: which employers choose no employee voice and why?

Willman, P., Bryson, Alex and Gomez, Rafael (2006) The sound of silence: which employers choose no employee voice and why? Socio-Economic Review, 4 (2). pp. 283-299. ISSN 1475-1461

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Identification Number: 10.1093/ser/mwl012


Whether employees have ‘voice’ at work is determined, in large part, by employers' decisions as to whether to adopt a ‘voice’ regime. In Britain during the 1980s and 1990s, the employer's decision was largely unconstrained by the law. Under these conditions, we argue that whether an employer adopts a voice regime turns on employers' perceptions of the net benefits of worker voice to the firm. This is confirmed in empirical analyses that point to independent associations between ‘no voice’ and workplace size, organizational complexity, industrial sector and workforce composition. We show that the size and composition of the ‘no voice’ sector has remained constant over the past two decades.

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Additional Information: © 2006 Oxford University Press
Divisions: Management
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Research centres and groups > Managerial Economics and Strategy Group
Research centres and groups > Management Science Group
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2008 13:54
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 01:09

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