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The Long and Winding Road Tracking Employee Involvement at Browns Woven Carpets

The Long and Winding Road Tracking Employee Involvement at Browns Woven Carpets British industrial relations has changed greatly over the pastdecade. A central development has been managements sponsorship of new,direct forms of employee involvement EI such as team briefing, qualitycircles and profit sharing. In many larger manufacturing firms newschemes now coexist with traditional unioncentred collectivebargaining structures. In 1988 Employee Relations Vol. 10 No. 6reported on a quality circle programme and a range of other EIinitiatives at Browns Woven Carpets. Here returns to Browns severalyears on, as part of a wider, Department of Employment funded researchproject on New Developments in Employee Involvementcarried out at Manchester School of Management, UMIST. The Browns caseillustrates how employee participation develops in successivewaves a major theme of the larger study. The firmhas now entered a period of consolidation. No new schemes have beenintroduced, but the early 1980s initiatives have gained a stable if notdominant place in company industrial relations while the emphasis hasmoved on from a reactive to a more proactiveusage of EI. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Employee Relations: An International Journal Emerald Publishing

The Long and Winding Road Tracking Employee Involvement at Browns Woven Carpets

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0142-5455
DOI
10.1108/01425459210013904
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Abstract

British industrial relations has changed greatly over the pastdecade. A central development has been managements sponsorship of new,direct forms of employee involvement EI such as team briefing, qualitycircles and profit sharing. In many larger manufacturing firms newschemes now coexist with traditional unioncentred collectivebargaining structures. In 1988 Employee Relations Vol. 10 No. 6reported on a quality circle programme and a range of other EIinitiatives at Browns Woven Carpets. Here returns to Browns severalyears on, as part of a wider, Department of Employment funded researchproject on New Developments in Employee Involvementcarried out at Manchester School of Management, UMIST. The Browns caseillustrates how employee participation develops in successivewaves a major theme of the larger study. The firmhas now entered a period of consolidation. No new schemes have beenintroduced, but the early 1980s initiatives have gained a stable if notdominant place in company industrial relations while the emphasis hasmoved on from a reactive to a more proactiveusage of EI.

Journal

Employee Relations: An International JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 1992

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