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Consent and Control in the Authoritarian WorkplaceRussia and China Compared$
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Martin Krzywdzinski

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198806486

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198806486.001.0001

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Participation and Interest Representation

Participation and Interest Representation

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Consent and Control in the Authoritarian Workplace

Martin Krzywdzinski

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on participation and interest representation practices in automotive plants in Russia and China. It discusses opportunities for employee participation at various levels: the micro level of teams (self-organization and involvement in improvement processes), forms of direct employee-management communication, and the representative employee voice through unions. With regard to union representation, it examines whether the existing formal participation and representation rights in Russia actually result in participation, or whether these rights are undermined by informal practices. It analyzes opportunities for participation in Chinese factories, where voice remains under the control of the Communist Party and its subordinate union. It shows considerable differences between Russian and Chinese plants and finds surprisingly well-developed participation and interest representation approaches in the Chinese cases.

Keywords:   consent, Russia, China, participation, employee involvement, industrial relations, trade unions, collective bargaining, teamwork, human resource management

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