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dc.contributor.authorPeetz, David
dc.contributor.authorMurray, Georgina
dc.contributor.authorMuurlink, Olav
dc.contributor.authorMay, Maggie
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-03T00:31:08Z
dc.date.available2018-01-03T00:31:08Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.issn1035-3046
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1035304615614717
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/141540
dc.description.abstractNetworks are a subject of growing research interest. Yet union networks, particularly networks of delegates, and ways to build them, are still poorly understood. This is a study of the meaning that workplace union delegates assign to networks of support. It explores the characteristics of effective delegate and union networks and influences upon them. Effective networks are a combination of strong and weak ties, such that delegates sometimes do not recognise they are part of a network. Our three-stage research methodology involved delegate focus groups, a paper-based self-completion questionnaire of recently trained delegates (N = 473) and a follow-up telephone survey (N = 145). It found that organisers were key to creation of internal workplace networks (although they did not necessarily establish them) and in providing a bridge for delegates with external networks. They were the key support person for many delegates. Networks took a variety of forms. Only a minority were formalised. A majority were mainly internal to the workplace. Social media were rarely used, with little intention of using them more, and were, we suspect, underutilised.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherSage Publications
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom596
dc.relation.ispartofpageto613
dc.relation.ispartofissue4
dc.relation.ispartofjournalEconomic and Labour Relations Review
dc.relation.ispartofvolume26
dc.subject.fieldofresearchIndustrial Relations
dc.subject.fieldofresearchApplied Economics
dc.subject.fieldofresearchBusiness and Management
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPolicy and Administration
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode150306
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1402
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1503
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1605
dc.titleThe meaning and making of union delegate networks
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
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gro.facultyGriffith Business School, Dept of Employment Relations and Human Resources
gro.rights.copyright© The Author(s) 2015. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
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gro.griffith.authorMurray, Georgina
gro.griffith.authorMuurlink, Olav T.
gro.griffith.authorPeetz, David R.
gro.griffith.authorMay, Maggie


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