Reciprocal loyalty and union mediation

Panos, G. A. and Theodossiou, I. (2013) Reciprocal loyalty and union mediation. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 52(3), pp. 645-676. (doi: 10.1111/irel.12028)

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This study investigates the concept of loyalty in the employment relationship using a stated preference approach and a dataset obtained through purpose-built questionnaires. Reciprocal loyalty is defined as a gift exchange. Workers' good performance is rewarded by the employer by the provision of a job with a low likelihood of job loss. The study shows that such reciprocal employer–employee loyalty is highly rated by the workers as a desirable job attribute. Loyalty in the employer–employee relationship is differently valued by unionized and nonunionized workers. Overall, the evidence suggests that unionized workers are more receptive to arrangements involving reciprocal loyalty. This may be an outcome of adaptation to internalized norms of union behavior.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Panos, Professor Georgios
Authors: Panos, G. A., and Theodossiou, I.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
Journal Name:Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society
Publisher:Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
ISSN (Online):1468-232X

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