The second volume in The SAGE Handbook of Industrial, Organizational and Work Psychology looks in detail at how teams and individuals function and perform. It covers motivation and organizational socialisation as well as the latest research into diversity and organizational culture in the workplace. Chapter topics include goal setting, employee development, team design and trust at work. Volume II is a key resource for anyone working in or studying organizational psychology.

Chapter 18: Employee Participation

Employee Participation

Employee Participation
Melissa Chamberlin Jeffery A. LePine Daniel W. Newton Linn Van Dyne


Shortly after being asked to write this chapter on participation, we spent some time brainstorming about which specific aspects of participation to cover. Each of us was aware of the literatures on participative decision-making (e.g. Black & Gregersen, 1997; Dachler & Wilpert, 1978; Locke & Schweiger, 1979) and participative goal setting (e.g. Latham, Erez, & Locke, 1988; Locke, Latham, & Erez, 1988), however, we also recognized that research on these specific topics peaked in the mid-1990s after reviews indicated weak effects for participation when methodological artifacts were taken into account (Wagner & Gooding, 1987; Wagner, 1994). ...

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