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This book takes a crtitical look at employee participation in organizational decision making. It is the first book to do this by integrating into one source the various facts, theories, and applications concerning participation and empowerment in organizational settings. Through the extensive use of graphs and tables, the book traces the origins of worker participation in management and decision making, examines the repertoire of empowerment and participatory techniques as applied throughout the world, and assesses, by means of empirical evidence, which technique works best.

Employee Participation—What Does it Mean?
Employee participation—What does it mean?

A few years ago, a small manufacturing company in a mountain state metropolitan area faced a strategic decision that proved to affect its viability. Consumer expectations were changing rapidly, and the traditional managerial structure at ISE Communications was not able to cope adequately with client demands. For the production employees, assembling and processing circuit boards involved repetitive and monotonous tasks, which often led to errors and costly repairs. As described by Barker (1993), “ISE was struggling to survive in a highly competitive and innovative marketplace that demanded flexibility and an emphasis on customer service and increasing productivity” (p. 415). After careful analysis and consultation with outside experts, senior executives realized that survival was contingent on greater ...

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