The Long and Winding Road: Tracking Employee Involvement at Brown's Woven Carpets

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Title The Long and Winding Road: Tracking Employee Involvement at Brown's Woven Carpets
Author Ackers, Peter; Marchington, Mick; Wilkinson, Adrian John; Goodman, John
Journal Name Employee Relations
Year Published 1992
Publisher Bradford, England; Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract A case study of the employee involvement (EI) program at Brown's Woven Carpets, a private, family-owned, UK textile manufacturer, over the period from the 1986-1987 original study to the present day shows that EI has developed in waves across time. Brown's has utilized a variety of EI efforts and has continued to buck the industry trend by increasing turnover, exports, market share, and profits. The new regime has seen a loosening of top management control over functional areas. In addition, rather than leaving EI to deteriorate, Brown's has redirected successive waves of EI modern purposes. Responses of Brown's weavers to a questionnaire indicate that, although they have a low sense of involvement, they have a high recognition of the various EI techniques and generally support their continuation. In general, Brown's EI has moved from its early reactive impetus into a more expansive proactive phase.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Volume 14
Issue Number 3
Page from 56
Page to 70
ISSN 0142-5455
Date Accessioned 2007-06-26
Date Available 2008-09-26T08:19:29Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Studies in Human Society
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/16752
Publication Type Article in Scholarly refereed Journal
Publication Type Code c1x

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