Wang, W, Heyes, J and Seifert, R (2022) Trade union influence on innovation in the British private sector: Direct and indirect paths. Economic and Industrial Democracy. 0143831X2210860 - 0143831X2210860. ISSN 0143-831X

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This article examines relationships between trade unions and firms' innovation activity. Drawing on nationally representative data covering 1,384 firms in the UK, the article employs probit analysis to estimate the effect of trade union representation at the workplace on different types of innovation. The findings show significant and positive correlations between trade union representation and the introduction of new processes and new methods of marketing. The study also found a positive and moderately significant indirect effect on innovation arising from union influence on training provision and employee involvement practices. In addition, when unions are associated with shaping long-term oriented staffing practices, the positive indirect effects are strengthened.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages
Uncontrolled Keywords: Employee involvement, innovation, job security, trade unions, training, UK
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Keele Management School
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 18 May 2022 16:03
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2022 09:35

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