Toward better theory on the relationship between commitment, participation and leadership in unions

Toward better theory on the relationship between commitment, participation and leadership in unions Purpose – The aim of this paper is to give a critique of the extant literature on union commitment and participation in order to develop remedies to identified weaknesses Design/methodology/approach – The paper uses a critical assessment of extant literature. Findings – A number of critical deficiencies exist in the literature to which remedies are proposed. Research limitations/implications – The remedies need testing through empirical research. Practical implications – Future research needs to have different research foci and questions. Social implications – With a reorientation of future research on union commitment, participation and leadership, unions may be better able to benefit from academic research in the area. Originality/value – The paper suggests that a reorientation of future research on union commitment, participation and leadership will allow more incisive and more robust contributions to be made to understanding unions as complex social organisms. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Leadership & Organization Development Journal Emerald Publishing

Toward better theory on the relationship between commitment, participation and leadership in unions

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0143-7739
DOI
10.1108/01437731211280794
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Abstract

Purpose – The aim of this paper is to give a critique of the extant literature on union commitment and participation in order to develop remedies to identified weaknesses Design/methodology/approach – The paper uses a critical assessment of extant literature. Findings – A number of critical deficiencies exist in the literature to which remedies are proposed. Research limitations/implications – The remedies need testing through empirical research. Practical implications – Future research needs to have different research foci and questions. Social implications – With a reorientation of future research on union commitment, participation and leadership, unions may be better able to benefit from academic research in the area. Originality/value – The paper suggests that a reorientation of future research on union commitment, participation and leadership will allow more incisive and more robust contributions to be made to understanding unions as complex social organisms.

Journal

Leadership & Organization Development JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 26, 2012

Keywords: Unions; Union members; Participation; Commitment; Leadership; Trade unions

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