Title
Managerial perceptions of works councils effectiveness in the Netherlands Managerial perceptions of works councils effectiveness in the Netherlands
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
article
Publication
Berkeley, Calif. ,
Subject
Economics
Source (journal)
Industrial relations: a journal of economy and society / University of California. Institute of Industrial Relations [Berkeley, Calif.] - Berkeley, Calif.
Volume/pages
50(2011) :3 , p. 497-513
ISSN
0019-8676
ISI
000292166100005
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Although works councils have, by and large, equally extensive legal rights in Germany and the Netherlands, this is the first econometric analysis that investigates the influence of Dutch works councils on firm performance. We use a nationwide Dutch dataset with information on managements perceptions of the works councils impact on their establishments efficiency and innovation. Inspired by the German study of Jirjahn and Smith (2006, Industrial Relations 45:65080), we analyze which determinants influence managements attitude toward employee participation in the Netherlands. Owing to the specifics of our data, we are able to additionally include variables that measure the interaction between management and worker representatives. We establish a preponderant influence emanating from the works councils role attitude and managements leadership style.
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