'Americanization' and the drivers of the establishment and use of works councils in three post-socialist countries

Croucher, Richard ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9617-734X, Gooderham, Paul ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6397-5823 and Sandvik, Alexander Madsen (2022) 'Americanization' and the drivers of the establishment and use of works councils in three post-socialist countries. Human Resource Management Journal, 32 (2) . pp. 430-448. ISSN 0954-5395 [Article] (doi:10.1111/1748-8583.12408)

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We question notions of the ‘Americanization’ of employment relations in Slovenia, Slovakia and Croatia. First, we examine the roles of unions, the use of US strategic approach to Human Resource Management (SHRM), and management perceptions of their organizations’ innovativeness in the establishment of Works Council (WCs). Second, we employ the same variables in relation to the use of WCs for downward communication in these countries in comparison with what Amable (2003) terms the Continental European Coordinated Market Economy (CECME) of Austria, adding the CECMEs Germany and Norway as control variables. Union influence drives the adoption of WCs and their use for management downward communication. Hence, on our measures the three countries share features of the CECME category and have not been “Americanized”.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 33754
Notes on copyright: © 2021 The Authors. Human Resource Management Journal published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
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Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2021 17:48
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2023 15:09
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/33754

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