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Community as a factor in union organization

Michael Hess (Australian Innovation Research Centre, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia)

Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Publication date: 4 July 2008

Abstract

Purpose

There is now considerable evidence that “community unionism” is emerging as a new form of worker organization in many quite different national contexts. This paper aims to look at the conceptual underpinnings of the relationship between ideas about community and union organisation.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is particularly concerned with the impact “community” in two types of national context might have when it is applied to union organization. The contrast provides an interesting demonstration of the relationship between organisational change and contextual specificities.

Findings

In the western market‐oriented democracies of first world nations, community unionism may be seen as part of a broader (re‐)discovery of the power of community factors in these highly individualistic societies. In third world nations pursuing accelerated economic growth and social development “community” finds expression in communal loyalties based on localised social relations.

Originality/value

This paper considers differences in how “community” impacts on unionism differ in these varied historical contexts.

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Citation

Hess, M. (2008), "Community as a factor in union organization", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 21 No. 4, pp. 497-510. https://doi.org/10.1108/09534810810884885

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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