Employee participation in the healthcare industry: The experience of three case studies

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O'Donoghue, Peter, Stanton, Pauline and Bartram, Timothy (2011) Employee participation in the healthcare industry: The experience of three case studies. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 49 (2). pp. 193-212. ISSN 1038-4111 (print) 1744-7941 (online)


This paper explores employee participation in three healthcare organisations by focusing on the perspectives of senior managers and employees in a community health service, an emergency department in a large metropolitan health service and a regional hospital in Victoria. We explore their views of employee participation, their experiences of participation in practice, and the facilitators and barriers to participatory practice. We investigate a number of preconditions of participation, identified in earlier research; specifically, management support, union presence, perceived benefit, legislation and policy, and participatory ethos. Findings showed that management determined whether or not there was employee participation within the organisation. Hence we argue that management support is a necessary precondition to the establishment of employee participation, which only occurs where there is a perceived benefit to management. The other preconditions were subordinate to importance of management support. Management support and perceived benefit are the eminent preconditions that determine whether employee participation takes place.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9351
DOI 10.1177/1038411111400262
Official URL http://apj.sagepub.com/content/49/2/193.short
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > SEO Classification > 9104 Management and Productivity
Keywords ResPubID24175, Australia, employee participation, health services, management support, unions
Citations in Scopus 16 - View on Scopus
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