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It’s Been a Hard Day’s Work: Exploring the Hardships of Union Mergers.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2006 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A common approach for unions to face changes in the industrial environment is through merger. Although mergers can lead to economies of scales, broader membership representation, and greater bargaining power, studies of merger attempts show they are exceedingly difficult to implement, with a majority not completed. The merger literature presently fails to give a unified explanation to this phenomenon. With the aim of adding to the existing knowledge of the hardships of union mergers, this study investigates a failed merger attempt of four Swedish unions. The results show significant differences between, as well as within, the unions regarding members’ merger attitudes and knowledge of the planned merger. The results suggest that the campaigning process is crucial and that union leaders planning mergers should aim at enhancing members’ merger attitudes in order to minimize internal opposition.

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Department of Psychology, Stockholm University , 2006. , 22 p.
, Reports from the Department of Psychology Stockholm University, ISSN 0345-0139 ; 867
Keyword [en]
union mergers, barriers, motives, information
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-20758OAI: diva2:187284
The research reported in this study has been financed by the Swedish Coucil for Working Life and Social Research.Available from: 2007-11-30 Created: 2007-11-30Bibliographically approved

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