Contagious conflict: spill-over effects of labor conflict between and within organizations

Agnes Akkerman, René Torenvlied, Alex Lehr, Kirsten Thommes

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The current field of industrial relations is characterized by scholars’ attempts to explain the prevalence of industrial conflict both in sectors and in countries. A prominent question in the fi eld is: “why do some countries exhibit more strikes than other countries?” The actual effects of strikes-although widely recognized in the literature-have received much less systematic scholarly attention and theoretical-empirical study. Yet, if a strike occurs, this event may have profound effects beyond the instance of actual industrial conflict, and beyond the immediate stakes of the participants in the bargaining process, which is restricted in time and place. The aim of this chapter is to move the study of industrial conflict forwards by looking at the effects of strikes in two distinct areas: (1) collective bargaining that takes place outside the immediate scope of the focal bargaining organizations; and (2) work relations among employees within organizations affected by a strike.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial conflict within and between groups
EditorsCarsten K.W. de Dreu
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPsychology Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781315772745
ISBN (Print)9781848722958
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameCurrent Issues in Social Psychology
PublisherPsychology Press


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