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Keeping it quiet? The micro-politics of employee voice in company strategic decision-making

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posted on 22.06.2021, 11:18 by Catherine CaseyCatherine Casey, Helen Delaney
Employee voice in company strategic and governance decision-making in Anglophone countries commonly has few formal channels. This article’s investigation of labour’s (collective employees) interest expression in Australia and New Zealand finds that labour actors engage with company actors to craft a range of channels of expression and participation. In addition to actors’ utilisation of formal institutional provisions for adversarial collective bargaining and cooperative participation, actors utilise other ‘at the table’ arrangements that are typically of low salience. These include non-formal, inter-actor arrangements that facilitate contribution to decisions that can include matters of strategic importance. Labour actors engage with company actors in intricate micro-political relations to contribute influence in framing understandings and horizons of decisions and norm-building. Their quiet activities contribute regulatory effect in company decision-making.

Funding

Marsden Fast Start Grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Work, Employment and Society

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© The Authors

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Publication date

2021-06-09

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

0950-0170

eISSN

1469-8722

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Catherine Casey. Deposit date: 21 June 2021