In this title, first published in 1987, the author discusses the economic and industrial circumstances in Britain under which profit-sharing and co-partnership came into being. He explores the merits and drawbacks of the system as both advocates and opponents saw them, the motivations of employers in introducing profit-sharing schemes, and the implementing of such notable schemes as that of Lever Brothers, a multinational corporation based in Britain. The author also assesses the role of profit-sharing and co-partnership in the development of modern management practices and industrial relations.
List of Tables; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Economic and Political Circumstances 2. The Advocacy of Profit-sharing 3. The Criticism of Profit-sharing 4. Employers’ Objections to Profit-sharing 5. Trade Union Attitudes toward Profit-sharing: Objection, Acceptance or Acquiescence? 6. Motivations of Profit-sharing Employers 7. South Metropolitan Gas Company and the Gas Industry 8. The Co-partnership Scheme of Lever Brothers: The Pursuit of Efficiency 9. The Assessment; Bibliography; Index
The volumes in this set, originally published between 1918 and 1997, draw together research by leading academics in the area of employee ownership and economic democracy, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volumes examine profit-sharing and employee share ownership, the Co-operative Movement, and an economic analysis of Mondragon. The volumes also explore the general principles and practices of employee ownership in various countries. This set will be of particular interest to students of economics and business studies.