A mutual gains perspective on workplace partnership: Employee outcomes and the mediating role of the employment relations climate

Danat Valizade, Chidiebere Ogbonnaya, Olga Tregaskis, Chris Forde

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Recent years have witnessed increased research on the role of workplace partnership in promoting positive employment relations. However, there has been little quantitative analysis of the partnership experiences of employees. This paper examines how the kinds of attributions employees make regarding indirect (union-based) and direct (non-union-based) employee participation in workplace partnership might influence the process of mutual gains. It uses employee outcomes to reflect partnership gains for all stakeholders involved (i.e., employees, employers and trade unions). The paper contributes to existing knowledge on workplace partnership by examining the potential role of the employment relations climate as an enabling mechanism for the process of mutual gains. The findings suggest mutual gains for all stakeholders are varied and mediated through the employment relations climate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-368
Number of pages18
JournalHuman Resource Management Journal
Issue number3
Early online date27 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016


  • employees' attributions for workplace partnership
  • employee outcomes
  • employment relations climate

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