Using the endowment effect to explain managerial resistance towards co-determination: implications for employment relations from the German case

Harcourt, Mark, Gall, Gregor, Wilkinson, Adrian, Croucher, Richard and Lam, Helen (2019) Using the endowment effect to explain managerial resistance towards co-determination: implications for employment relations from the German case. Human Resource Management Journal . ISSN 0954-5395 (Accepted/In press)

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Abstract

This article provides an innovative defence of co-determination by way of exploring two of the most significant theorised objections to it from neo-liberal and libertarian perspectives, namely, the defence of the right to manage as freely chosen by employees and employers alike, and the right to manage being the most efficient, lowest transaction cost mode of employee governance. Instead, we focus upon management preference emanating from the endowment effect, and manifested in management style and ideology, as a more credible explanation for management’s support for its prerogative to manage. The endowment effect prompts both strong employer and manager objections to co-determination and weak employee willingness to seek it because humans place more value upon items currently in their possession than upon those they do not possess. We explore this argument by examining the experience of co-determination in Germany. The significance of our argument lies in identifying managerial preference as the key variable to be challenged and changed in order to pacify management opposition to co-determination through political, ideological and institutional means.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 27465
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Depositing User: Mark Houssart
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2019 15:29
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2019 21:17
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/27465

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