The Union and Its Members

The Union and Its Members : A Psychological Approach

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This work explores three key topics in social psychology: the manner in which labour unions shape organizational behaviour, a relationship which has been effectively ignored in the literature; the organization of the union itself, a fascinating test case for the organizational psychologist; and the way in which theories and methods of organizational psychology may assist labor organizations in achieving their goals. Since the union maintains unique characteristics of democracy, conflict, and voluntary participation within a larger organization, the authors offer a detailed study of a union's dynamics, including demographic and personality predictors of membership, voting behaviour, union commitment and loyalty, the nature of participation, leadership styles, collective bargaining, among other topics. This is the first book to be published in the new Industrial and Organizational Psychology Series. It will be of interest to not only industrial and organizational psychologists in industry, academica, and private and public organizations, but to graduate students in psychology departments and business schools, and to academics and professionals in business and management studying industrial more

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  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 157.5 x 236.2 x 25.4mm | 567g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • line figures
  • 0195073363
  • 9780195073362

Review quote

"The authors provide a thorough survey of the relevant academic literature and apply that body of knowledge using concepts of organizational psychology. The book substantially extends our understanding of the functions and effectiveness of labor organizations." --Choice"Provides an excellent and cogent summary of research on unions and is a reference that should find a home on the shelf of any scholar interested in employment relationships. . . . a comprehensive and provocative volume." --Judi M. Parks and Deborah L. Kidder, Contemporary Psychology"An important addition to the burgeoning research literature of the field. . . because it is the first to thoroughly and systematically appraise the state of the art. . . . there is no other book like this. The author's contribution goes well beyond that of a literature review or reference work; by identifying the gaps in our knowledge of the psychology of unionism they present a clear and comprehensive agenda for the growing number of researchers in the field. I anticipate that this volume will be widely read and updated frequently." --Gary N. Chaison (Clark University), Relations Industriellesshow more

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Labor unions are fascinating organizations, embodying elements of democracy, conflict, and voluntary participation. This unique book explores the dynamics of individual attachment to unions. The authors offer a detailed psychological perspective of the entire unionization process, including early family socialization, the decision to vote for union representation, the development of commitment to the union, members' participation in the union, union leadership, and decertification. The effect of unions on organizational functioning is also considered. The result is a comprehensive assessment of psychological knowledge on the entire unionization process, with a focus on how psychological research might be used to further the goal of workplace democracy. The book will be of interest to a wide range of academics, researchers, professionals and students, especially those in the fields of industrial psychology and organizational behavior, industrial relations, business and more

Table of contents

Organizational psychology and unions; The structure of labor organizations; The unionization process; Union commitment; Union participation; Union leadership: The role of the shop steward; Breakdowns in the unionization process; Effects of unions on organizational behavior; Concluding thoughts and challenges; more