Posted: April 28th, 2016
The U.S. is transitioning from an industrial economy to a knowledge economy, relying on human capital, workers skills, and commitment to add value to the assets of the organization. This has created strong pressure on the collective bargaining process and labor management relationships to adapt to meet the needs and interest of today s workers and the employers business environment. Participatory processes are often involved in these changes.
Respond to the following questions, supporting your answers with references to the course materials, Web sites, or other resources cited in APA style:
Explain why you think participatory processes important or not important in today s economy. Do you think they will grow or diminish in importance in the next decade?
Do you think that participatory processes help or hinder union strength and power? What is their effect when an organization is employee owned?
Your response should include the following:
A brief description of the debate surrounding participatory programs.
Your view on the importance of participatory processes in today s economy and on the potential growth or diminishment of participatory processes in the next decade.
Your view on whether participatory processes, including but not limited to employee ownership, help or hinder union growth and power.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: The basic nature of the conflict between labor and management and the impact of the environment on the collective bargaining process and outcomes is not essentially changed when a company does business in more than one nation. Support your view with references to the course materials, Web sites, your personal experience, and other resources cited in APA style.
In your response, include the following:
A definition of a multinational firm, in your own words.
One of the pressures on the company when doing business in more than one country.
One of the pressures on the union when the company is multinational, specifically in terms of responding to managements advantages.
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