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Owner-Managers and the Failure of Newly Adopted Work Councils.

Mohrenweiser, J. and Jirjahn, U., 2016. Owner-Managers and the Failure of Newly Adopted Work Councils. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 54 (4), 815-845.

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DOI: 10.1111/bjir.12148


Using representative data from the IAB Establishment Panel, we show that the managerial environment has a strong influence on the introduction and survival of works councils. Employees in owner-managed establishments are less likely to introduce a works council. Moreover, in case of an introduction, the new works council is less likely to survive if the establishment is owner-managed. The pattern of results even holds in situations that involve positive economic effects of works councils. This suggests that owner-managers oppose works councils not primarily for economic reasons. Our findings are rather consistent with the hypothesis that owner-managers oppose co-determination because it reduces the utility they gain from being the ultimate bosses within the establishment.

Item Type:Article
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:22622
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:07 Oct 2015 15:34
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:53


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