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Community as a factor in union organization


Hess, M, Community as a factor in union organization, Journal of Organizational Change Management, 21, (4) pp. 497-510. ISSN 0953-4814 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1108/09534810810884885


Purpose – There is now considerable evidence that "community unionism" is emerging as a new form of worker organization in many quite different national contexts. This paper aims to look at the conceptual underpinnings of the relationship between ideas about community and union organisation. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is particularly concerned with the impact "community" in two types of national context might have when it is applied to union organization. The contrast provides an interesting demonstration of the relationship between organisational change and contextual specificities. Findings – In the western market-oriented democracies of first world nations, community unionism may be seen as part of a broader (re-)discovery of the power of community factors in these highly individualistic societies. In third world nations pursuing accelerated economic growth and social development "community" finds expression in communal loyalties based on localised social relations. Originality/value – This paper considers differences in how "community" impacts on unionism differ in these varied historical contexts.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Communities, Democracy, Third world, Western hemisphere
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Industrial and employee relations
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Industrial relations
UTAS Author:Hess, M (Professor Michael Hess)
ID Code:53757
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2009-01-05
Last Modified:2010-05-31

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