Reconceptualising employee silence : problems and prognosis
Donaghey, Jimmy, Cullinane, Niall, Dundon, Tony and Wilkinson, Adrian. (2011) Reconceptualising employee silence : problems and prognosis. Work, Employment & Society, Volume 25 (Number 1). pp. 51-67. ISSN 0950-0170Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0950017010389239
A growing literature has emerged on employee silence, located within the field of organisational behaviour. Scholars have investigated when and how employees articulate voice and when and how they will opt for silence. While offering many insights, this analysis is inherently one-sided in its interpretation of silence as a product of employee motivations. An alternative reading of silence is offered which focuses on the role of management. Using the non-union employee representation literature for illustrative purposes, the significance of management in structuring employee silence is considered. Highlighted are the ways in which management, through agenda-setting and institutional structures, can perpetuate silence over a range of issues, thereby organising employees out of the voice process. These considerations are redeployed to offer a dialectical interpretation of employee silence in a conceptual framework to assist further research and analysis.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > Industrial Relations Research Unit
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Organizational behavior, Communication in industrial relations, Management -- Employee participation, Employees -- Attitudes|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Work, Employment & Society|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Page Range:||pp. 51-67|
|Funder:||Economic and Social Research Council (Great Britain) (ESRC), Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)|
|Grant number:||RES-062-23-1139 (ESRC)|
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