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Project code: 5-02-124

Employee Participation in Company Management

Main researcher: BORAS, IVAN (127126)

Type of research: applied
Duration from: 01/01/91. to 12/31/93.

Papers on project (total): 6
Institution name: Ekonomski fakultet, Osijek (10)
Department/Institute: Department of economic research
Address: Stjepana Radića 17
City: 31000 - Osijek, Croatia
Fax: 385 (0)54 27-265
Phone: 385 (0)31 23-543

Summary: Different forms of worker participation and the participation of other employees in decision making and company management have been developed and put into practice in countries with a developed market economy. These models of participation are especially developed and efficient in some of these countries. A radical reform orientation towards market economy in this country, which takes for granted a revision of ownership of the means of production and entrepreneuship - and thus also a revision of the unproductive system of self-management - arouses our interest in various forms of employee participation in company management. The abandonment of the system of self-management as a social and economic category and its replacement by appropriate forms of employee participation in conformity with the actual needs and possibilities of economic development have become an imperative of our time. The inspiration provided by the level of joint decision-making already achieved and by other forms of employee participation are especially interesting in this context.

Keywords: participation, joint decision making, economy, self management, codification

Research goals: The aim of this research is derived from the situation described above. That is, a radical change of ownership relationship and the market orientation of the economic system make it imperative that the unproductive system of self-management be replaced with different forms of employee participation in company management. This priority also stems from the economic integration processes in Europe, where the process of harmonizing different models of employee participation is still being carried out. For this reason, the aspiration of this country to join European economic processes makes it necessary to investigate characteristic models (as for example, "Mitbetimmung" in Germany) and to look for optimum models and dimensions of employee participation. Given the above considerations, the aim of this research is to explicate the most efficient models of joint decision making in the most productive economies in European (and non-European) countries and to articulate models appropriate to different forms of entrepreneurship in the economy of this country. These aims determine the formulation of appropriate research methodology.

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