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Can voluntary workplace partnership deliver sustainable mutual gains?

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dc.contributor.author Dobbins, Tony
dc.contributor.author Gunnigle, Anthony
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-22T11:47:50Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-22T11:47:50Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.issn 0007-1080
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5636
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This article draws on two Irish case studies to examine the nature and outcomes of voluntary workplace partnership (WP), and the conditions affecting its durability. We found that WP delivered mutual gains for all stakeholders at Aughinish Alumina (AAL), which were quite equally divided. While WP delivered most gains for management at Waterford Crystal (WC), and some for the union, worker gains were less. The WC partnership broke down after 10 years, but the AAL partnership continues. Voluntarist mutual gains partnership is feasible, but success and durability depends on specific clusters of contextual conditions, notably management support, a quality-focused competitive strategy, insulation from market pressures, union postures, vertically aligned bundles of mutual gains practices, institutional supports, emphasis on fairness, all party commitment to performance enhancement and capital-intensive technology. Conditions supporting WP were stronger at AAL than WC. More generally, as supports for WP in Ireland are weaker than retardants, we conclude that few mutual gains partnerships will take root, and even fewer will endure. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Wiley and Sons en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries British Journal of Industrial Relations;47 (3), pp. 546-570
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8543.2009.00715.x
dc.rights This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: "Can voluntary workplace partnership deliver sustainable mutual gains?" in British Journal of Industrial Relations, 2009, 47 (3), pp. 546-570 which has been published in final form at en_US
dc.subject workplace partnership en_US
dc.subject Aughinish Alumina en_US
dc.title Can voluntary workplace partnership deliver sustainable mutual gains? en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2017-03-22T11:32:11Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2009.00715.x
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1133975
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle British Journal of Industrial Relations
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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