Participation in employee involvement programs

Rumpf, Paul (1996) Participation in employee involvement programs. Research Master thesis, Victoria University of Technology.


The thesis examines issues associated with an employee's inclination to participate in an employee involvement program. The critical challenge confronting management of attracting and maintaining the effective participation of employees is central to the success of a participatory strategy. However, program impetus, design, formulation and execution is often of an ad-hoc nature and premised on achieving unrealistic outcomes derived from attempts to isomorphically replicate contemporary human resource management practices. This qualitative and quantitative study provides important lessons for managers of small to medium sized manufacturing organisations, particularly as it relates to governing issues associated with the participation of employees in decision making processes. First, the necessity to thoughtfully design the participative structure and its mode of operation in accordance with an organisation's strategic objectives. Secondly, to ensure that the premises and parameters of issues of governance associated with the participation of employees in decision making processes are clearly defined and understood by all participants and finally, on-going success depends on senior executive support and commitment.

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Master of Busines(Management)

Item type Thesis (Research Master thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Keywords management, employee participation, work-related groups, organisations, Australia, human resources, manufacturing industry, unions
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