worker director


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worker director

a representative of the workforce on the BOARD OF DIRECTORS. These directors may be selected by management or elected by the workforce (all those employed in an organization or all those in a TRADE UNION). Where worker directors are elected the scheme is a form of INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRACY. The rationales for worker directors include the practical consideration that it can promote commitment to and understanding of organizational goals; and the moral consideration that employees should be able to influence the direction of the organization of which they are a part.

See CO-DETERMINATION, EMPLOYEE SHARE-OWNERSHIP PLAN.

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It was found that the top management envisaged the role of a worker director as one of coordination and cooperation.
It can be concluded that the worker director scheme has been partially successful.
And on the other hand, they argue that worker directors would threaten the entire corporate governance system.
We also have to put support mechanisms in place, so that worker directors are trained not just about knowledge but in the skills needed to operate in those environments--how you network outside of the room, how you make effective interventions.
The problem for conventional directors is how to create or define a worker director role that does not threaten their power position.
To describe how management and labor attempt to define worker director roles, we draw on role theory from the social and organizational psychology literature (Biddle and Thomas 1966; Katz and Kahn 1978; Biddle 1979; Shaw and Costanzo 1982).
A 16-strong management board of trustees would comprise three city councillors, six worker directors, two service users and four community representatives.
Hammer, Currall, and Stern (1991) showed that directors' role definitions and behaviors varied importantly depending on whether worker directors were selected by the work force or by management.
Previously published studies of directorships in the industrial relations tradition have focused literally on worker directors, that is, shop floor workers and local union representatives catapulted into board seats (Bank and Jones 1977; Batstone, Ferner, and Terry 1983; Stern 1988; Hammer, Currall, and Stern 1991).
Worker directors would not be likely to undermine firm progress, because such action would be detrimental to overall employee interests.
Worker directors and other board representation schemes, works councils.
To empower employees at the strategic level of the enterprise, the Swedish Riksdag (parliament) enacted SAP-sponsored legislation on worker directors on corporate boards in 1972.

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