[Journal:] British Journal of Industrial Relations [ISSN:] 1467-8543 [Publisher:] Wiley [Place:] Oxford [Volume:] 55 [Year:] 2017 [Issue:] 2 [Pages:] 321-346
Employee involvement is a contested concept in organizations. While the mainstream of the research debate has focused on measuring the strength of employee involvement (EI), this article emphasizes the existence of very different forms of EI. It draws on case studies of the German, Brazilian and Chinese plants of a German automobile manufacturer to analyse forms of EI and to investigate their societal determinants. The article reveals considerable differences in the design of employee involvement between the self‐organization model and the competition/social involvement model. It shows how industrial relations and cultural factors lead to these very different approaches.
worker participation automobile industry enterprise Federal Republic of Germany China Brazil industrial relations organizational culture job design