Is it possible to foster employee voice without hampering organisational flexibility?

This is a Research with Impact Seminar taking place at Leeds University Business School on 26 October 2017

Dr Gabriel Burdin
Associate Professor in Economics 
Leeds University Business School 

Gabriel will present findings and draw policy lessons from a recent study on the incidence and effects of employee representation in European firms. The research was carried out in collaboration with Professor Virginie Pérotin at Leeds University Business School and funded by a European Commission Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship.

He will discuss the consequences of European legal provisions establishing employee representation rights and requiring firms to inform and consult employees during the last recession. The adoption of employee voice schemes could reduce many social costs linked to layoffs and high unemployment in recessionary periods by allowing the implementation of alternative adjustment mechanisms at the workplace level. In particular, the research highlights the role of worker participation in fostering working time flexibility.


Event format

12.15 pm Networking lunch
12.30 pm Presentation and open discussions
1.30pm Close

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About the speaker

Gabriel is an Associate Professor in Economics at Leeds University Business School. Gabriel’s research fields are labour economics, organisational economics, economics of inequality, and comparative economic systems. His research has been published in international refereed journals such as The Economic Journal, Journal of Comparative Economics and Industrial and Labor Relations Review.

He is member of the Journal of Participation and Employee Ownership editorial advisory board and co-editor of Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics and. He is currently working on the behavioural economics of worker cooperatives and studying the role of firms and corporate governance institutions in explaining recent trends in inequality.