During the last 15 years, research on European Works Councils has revealed significant information concerning the structure, dynamics and ability of EWCs to represent employees’ interests. A multitude of factors and conditions influencing the work and results of EWC activity have been identified. Until now, however, there has been little systematic theorising about EWCs and their specific character as ‘interest organisations within profit organisations’ and the specific relationship or ‘organisational fit’ between each entity.
The aim of this volume is to expand the prevailing research perspectives on EWCs by drawing on theoretical findings from industrial relations research, organisational sociology and international management studies. The volume consists of three parts. The first brings together theoretical contributions summarising and expanding EWC research. Part two deals with the institutional and cultural background of EWCs in specific countries and the corresponding research in Poland, France, Spain, the UK and Germany. In part three, EWCs are analysed on the basis of case studies of EWCs in automobile companies like Skoda, General Motors and BMW.

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