What is it about?

We carefully look at different meanings of workplace cooperation. This leads to the identification of six key alternative perspectives on workplace cooperation. We illustrate how these perspectives are rooted in different views about how the employment relationship works. But only two of the perspectives genuinely involve true cooperation rather than superficial or one-sided forms.

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Why is it important?

This is important because greater clarity over contrasting perspectives on cooperation can lead to a deeper understanding among individuals with differing views, whether they are academics, policy-makers, company leaders, workers, or worker advocates. This also helps to reveal important challenges in implementing and sustaining workplace cooperation.

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This page is a summary of: The Many Meanings of Co‐Operation in the Employment Relationship and Their Implications, British Journal of Industrial Relations, May 2019, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/bjir.12473.
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