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Trade Union Influence on Innovation in the British Private Sector: Direct and Indirect Paths

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posted on 2023-08-10, 14:07 authored by Wen Wang, Jason Heyes, Roger Seifert
This article examines relationships between trade unions and firms’ innovation activity. Drawing on nationally representative data covering 1,384 firms in the UK, the article employs probit analysis to estimate the effect of trade union representation at the workplace on different types of innovation. The findings show significant and positive correlations between trade union representation and the introduction of new processes and new methods of marketing. We also found a positive and moderately significant indirect effect on innovation arising from union influence on training provision and employee involvement practices. In addition, when unions are associated with shaping long-term oriented staffing practices, the positive indirect effects are strengthened.

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School of Business

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Published in

Economic and Industrial Democracy

Volume

44

Issue

2

Pagination

604-627

Publisher

SAGE Publications

issn

0143-831X

eissn

1461-7099

Acceptance date

2022-02-17

Copyright date

2022

Available date

2022-03-21

Language

en

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