Board Level Employee Representation in Europe analyses the role, activities and impact of board level employee representatives in seventeen European countries and their counterparts operating in companies that have adopted European status. Board level employee representation is viewed as a key element of worker participation and information and consultation arrangements in continental Europe, but there has been no international comparative research that establishes what board level employee representatives do and how their activities vary between countries.
Based on a large-scale survey distributed to board level employees (circa 4,500 respondents), this study identifies the personal characteristics and industrial location of board level employee representatives, what they do, how they interact with other parties within the company, and their relations with institutions outside of the company. This study rectifies a shortfall at a time when policy makers are debating the future of board level employee representation and whether it would be appropriate to introduce legislation at European Union level.
Board Level Employee Representation in Europe allows direct comparisons between countries for the first time, as the same survey instrument has been employed in all the participating countries. The research findings demonstrate a large variation in what constitutes board level employee representation; among these are the practices of the board, including the agenda relations between board level employee representatives and parties within and external to the company, and the pattern of influence of board level employee representatives on strategic company decision-making.
Aimed at researchers and policymakers alike, this book makes a vital contribution to the field, and will be the definitive piece of work on board-level representation.
About the Author
Jeremy Waddington is Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Manchester and the Project Coordinator for the European Trade Union Institute, Brussels.
Aline Conchon is a Researcher at the European Trade Union Institute, Brussels.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Setting the Scene 2: The Situation de jure: The Regulation of Board Level Employee Representation in Context 3. The Morphology of Board-level Employee Representation 4 The Board Agenda and Processes 5. The Exercise of Power at the Board 6. The Articulation of Board-Level Employee Representation 7. Conclusion: What Does All This Mean?