Worker Participation and Process Innovations

  • Jürgen Wengel
  • Werner Wallmeier
Part of the Technology, Innovation and Policy book series (3217, volume 8)


The involvement of workers in corporate supervision and management — through procedures for “codetermination” — is a well known, and much discussed, feature of the German industrial system. The German model of management-worker relationships is institutionalized in the “Betriebsverfassungsgesetz” (business constitution law) and the “Mitbestimmungsgesetze” (laws for codetermination). In addition to these legal requirements, employee participation is also viewed as an instrument of management. The direct participation of workers in management decisions aims to promote increased acceptance by employees of organizational and technological changes and to mobilize the knowledge and abilities of employees in the interests of the company (Ritter 1992).


Project Team Direct Participation Project Type Employee Participation Innovation Survey 
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  • Jürgen Wengel
  • Werner Wallmeier

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