The aim of this paper is to give a critique of the extant literature on union commitment and participation in order to develop remedies to identified weaknesses
The paper uses a critical assessment of extant literature.
A number of critical deficiencies exist in the literature to which remedies are proposed.
The remedies need testing through empirical research.
Future research needs to have different research foci and questions.
With a reorientation of future research on union commitment, participation and leadership, unions may be better able to benefit from academic research in the area.
The paper suggests that a reorientation of future research on union commitment, participation and leadership will allow more incisive and more robust contributions to be made to understanding unions as complex social organisms.
Gall, G. and Fiorito, J. (2012), "Toward better theory on the relationship between commitment, participation and leadership in unions", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 33 No. 8, pp. 715-731. https://doi.org/10.1108/01437731211280794Download as .RIS
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