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Participation and Technology

  • Mike Smith
  • John Beck
  • Cary L. Cooper
  • Charles Cox
  • Dick Ottaway
  • Reg Talbot

Abstract

We have heard a great deal recently about the need to democratize or humanize the work-place in industry, to improve the quality of working life by providing the industrial worker with greater participation in the decisions involving work — participation has been a term constantly used throughout this book. Generally participation can be achieved by including employees on Boards of companies and involving them in the long-term policy-making issues of the organizations or by increasing their participation in the decision-making processes of their work-group by allowing them greater freedom in deciding how to organize and conduct their own jobs. These two approaches to industrial democracy, which, it might be added, are not mutually exclusive, have been termed by Strauss and Rosenstein (1970) as distant and immediate participation respectively.

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Trade Union Working Life European Economic Community Employee Participation Labour Turnover 
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© Mike Smith, John Beck, Cary L. Cooper, Charles Cox, Dick Ottaway and Reg Talbot 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mike Smith
    • 1
  • John Beck
    • 1
  • Cary L. Cooper
    • 1
  • Charles Cox
    • 1
  • Dick Ottaway
    • 1
  • Reg Talbot
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Management SciencesUniversity of Manchester Institute of Science and TechnologyUK

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