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Dispute Resolution in Cooperative and Hierarchical Worksites

Advances in Industrial & Labor Relations

ISBN: 978-0-76231-386-0, eISBN: 978-1-84950-470-6

Publication date: 1 January 2006

Abstract

This study compares dispute resolution strategies of workers in hierarchical, conventional businesses with those of members of worker cooperatives – organizations in which all workers co-own and co-manage the business. Drawing on data from three industries (coal mining, taxicab driving, and food distribution), this study finds some support for predictions in the literature that assert that the cooperative's flattened structure and egalitarian ideology will affect workers’ grievance resolution. Although the data do not indicate a single pattern in dispute resolution strategies (i.e., with all members of the cooperatives resolving their disputes one way and all non-cooperative employees using a different strategy), the data do demonstrate that, when comparing matched cooperative and conventional businesses within each industry, the worker cooperative members possess more dispute resolution strategies than their conventionally employed counterparts.

Citation

Hoffmann, E.A. (2006), "Dispute Resolution in Cooperative and Hierarchical Worksites", Lewin, D. and Kaufman, B.E. (Ed.) Advances in Industrial & Labor Relations (Advances in Industrial & Labor Relations, Vol. 15), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 35-66. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0742-6186(06)15003-9

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