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Double-breasting employee voice: An assessment of motives, arrangements and durability

Dundon, T. and Cullinane, N. and Donaghey, J. and Dobbins, T. and Wilkinson, A. and Hickland, E. (2014) Double-breasting employee voice: An assessment of motives, arrangements and durability. Human Relations, 68 (3). pp. 489-513. DOI: doi:110.1177/0018726714531997

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Abstract

This article explores employee voice within the specific institutional arrangement of double-breasting. Double-breasting is when multi-plant organizations recognize trade unions in some company sites, with non-union arrangements at other company plants, or where a unionized firm acquires a new site that it then operates on a non-union basis. We examine three research questions in four separate case study organizations that operate employee voice double-breasting arrangements across 16 workplace locations on the island of Ireland. These questions consider employer motives for double-breasting, the practices that characterize double-breasting employee voice, and the micro-political implications of double-breasting. The article contributes to knowledge on the emergence and impact of double-breasting and employee voice systems. We subsequently advance two theoretical propositions: the first theorizing employer motives for double-breasting, and the second explaining the extent to which the practice of double-breasting is durable over time.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences > Bangor Business School
Date Deposited: 19 May 2015 02:20
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 02:56
ISSN: 0018-7267
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/4562
Identification Number: DOI: doi:110.1177/0018726714531997
Publisher: Sage
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