Patterning Employee Voice in Multinational Companies

Human Relations, Vol. 63, No. 3, 2010

Posted: 6 Mar 2008 Last revised: 27 Jan 2010

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Jonathan Lavelle

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School

Patrick Gunnigle

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School

Anthony McDonnell

University of South Australia; Queen's University Management School

Abstract

Employee voice has been an enduring theme within the employment relations literature. This article profiles the incidence of a range of direct and indirect employee voice mechanisms within multinational companies (MNCs) and, using an analytical framework, identifies a number of different approaches to employee voice. Drawing from a highly representative sample of MNCs in Ireland, we point to quite a significant level of engagement with all types of employee voice, both direct and indirect. Using the analytical framework, we find that the most common approach to employee voice was an indirect voice approach (i.e. the use of trade unions and/or non-union structures of collective employee representation). The regression analysis identifies factors such as country of origin, sector, the European Union Directive on Information and Consultation and date of establishment as having varying impacts on the approaches adopted by MNCs to employee voice.

Keywords: direct voice, employment relations, employee voice, European Union Information and Consultation Directive, indirect voice, multinational companies

Suggested Citation

Lavelle, Jonathan and Gunnigle, Patrick and McDonnell, Anthony, Patterning Employee Voice in Multinational Companies. Human Relations, Vol. 63, No. 3, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1102158

Jonathan Lavelle (Contact Author)

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School ( email )

Limerick
Ireland

Patrick Gunnigle

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School ( email )

Limerick
Ireland
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Anthony McDonnell

University of South Australia ( email )

Australia

Queen's University Management School ( email )

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Belfast, Northern Ireland BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland

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