Reconceptualising employee silence: Problems and prognosis

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Title Reconceptualising employee silence: Problems and prognosis
Author Donaghey, Jimmy; Cullinane, Niall; Dundon, Tony; Wilkinson, Adrian John
Journal Name Work, Employment and Society
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract A growing literature has emerged on employee silence, located within the field of organisational behaviour. Scholars have investigated when and how employees articulate voice and when and how they will opt for silence. While offering many insights, this analysis is inherently one-sided in its interpretation of silence as a product of employee motivations. An alternative reading of silence is offered which focuses on the role of management. Using the non-union employee representation literature for illustrative purposes, the significance of management in structuring employee silence is considered. Highlighted are the ways in which management, through agenda-setting and institutional structures, can perpetuate silence over a range of issues, thereby organising employees out of the voice process. These considerations are redeployed to offer a dialectical interpretation of employee silence in a conceptual framework to assist further research and analysis
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 The Author. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 25
Issue Number 1
Page from 51
Page to 67
ISSN 0950-0170
Date Accessioned 2011-12-12
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Organisation and Management Theory
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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