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Partnership, high performance work systems and quality of working life

Danford, Andy and Richardson, Mike and Stewart, Paul and Tailby, Stephanie and Upchurch, Martin (2008) Partnership, high performance work systems and quality of working life. New Technology, Work and Employment, 23 (3). pp. 151-166. ISSN 0268-1072

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The paper measures the effects of workplace partnership and selected high performance work practices on four different dimensions of employee experience. Whilst the partnership-high performance work systems nexus seems to have little impact on employees' job satisfaction or sense of attachment, it does, however, have a negative impact on both workplace stress and employee evaluations of union performance. The analysis thus questions common assumptions about the inevitability of 'mutual gain' and the necessity of employer/unionpartnership. Introduction and research