AIAS Lunch Seminar 21 June: Sarïa Sapulete - USE, REBO & Faculty of Law, Economics & Governance

Works council influence: evidence from case study research

Sarïa Sapulete (USE, REBO & Faculty of Law, Economics & Governance)

Day: Thursday 21 June 2012
Time: 12.15 – 13.15 hrs.
Location: AIAS, 3rd floor, M building, Plantage Muidergracht 12, Amsterdam
Registration: Please send an email, preferably before Tuesday 19 June 12.00 hrs, to register.
A sandwich will then be provided.

Abstract

The role of works councils in organizations is still ambiguous. Most research on works councils focuses on presence of a works council, and not its characteristics. In this study I focus on the individual works council members, to gain more insight in how works councils can use their social network position to become more influential, and also how they can behave strategically to gain more influence. The questions of interest are whether works council members are more influential than non-members, and how the network position and strategic behavior of works council members affect their influence within organizations. I gathered data in one organization, questioning all employees on their relationships with each other and perceived influence of others. We perform OLS regression analyses to test our hypotheses, and find that works council members are not significantly more influential than non-members. Furthermore, access to information (closeness centrality) is significantly related to influence, while control over information (betweenness centrality) shows no effects. For the works council, coalition forming as an influence tactic is related to influence.

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