15 March 2023, at 2.00 pm • Marco Biagi Foundation

IACOPO SENATORI, Economics Department Marco Biagi, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

JOHN GEARY, University College Dublin, Ireland
ANREA SIGNORETTI, University of Trento, Italy


Why do employees cooperate with their employers? The answer seems obvious – they are contractually obliged to, and, in doing so, employees ensure they attain an income and retain their employment security. Employers, too, need employees’ consent if they are to gain their active cooperation in the pursuit of organisational goals. It seems, then, that there is a mutual incentive for both employees and employers to cooperate with one another.

Despite this, we know that some employers are far better than others at attaining employees’ consent. We know, too, that that levels of cooperation vary across different sectors of the economy, across regions and across countries. Drawing on the theoretical framework provided by Bélanger and Edwards (2007), we examine the conditions that explain workplace cooperation in small medium-sized firms in Northern Italy.

To prepare your answers to these questions, read the two readings below BEFORE you come to the seminar:

  1. Belanger, J. and Edwards, P. (2007) “The Conditions Promoting Compromise in the Workplace”, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 45, 4: 713-734. Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8543.2007.00643.x/pdf
    • Geary, J., & Signoretti, A. (2022) The role of socio-economic embeddedness in promoting cooperation in the workplace: Evidence from family-owned Italian firms. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 43(4), 1867-1890. https://doi.org/10.1177/0143831X211039012

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    Seminar: Why do employees cooperate with their employers?