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Graham Dietz, Adrian Wilkinson & Tom Redman

In: The SAGE Handbook of Human Resource Management

Chapter 15: Involvement and Participation

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Involvement and Participation
Involvement and participation

The notion of increasing levels of employee engagement in determining or at least influencing work activities and organisational decision-making is not a new idea. In their classic review of the literature, Glew et al. (1995) cite Hugo Munsterberg's Psychology and Industrial Efficiency (1913) and the Hawthorne studies from the mid-1930s (Mayo, 1933), while Kaufmann (2003) cites William Basset's When the Workmen Help You Manage (1919). Ivancevic (1979: 253–254) acknowledges the work of Argyris, Coch and French, Likert, McGregor and Mulder as later influences on the development of our understanding of ‘employee involvement and participation’ (hereafter ‘EIP’). EIP is a longstanding and enduring issue.

EIP is also a multi-dimensional idea. There are a daunting number of issues to consider. These include the ...

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