Managerial silencing of employee voice

Jimmy Donaghey, Tony Dundon, Niall Cullinane, Tony Dobbins, Eugene Hickland

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A growing literature has emerged on employee silence, which is located within the field of organisational behaviour. An alternative reading of silence is offered which focuses on the role of management. Using the non-union employee representation literature for illustrative purposes, the significance of management in structuring employee silence is considered. Highlighted are the ways in which management, through agenda-setting and institutional structures, can perpetuate silence over a range of issues, thereby organising employees out of the voice process. These considerations are redeployed to offer a dialectical interpretation of employee silence in a conceptual framework to assist further research and analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmployee Voice at Work
EditorsPeter Holland, Julian Teicher, Jimmy Donaghey
Place of PublicationSingapore Singapore
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9789811328206
ISBN (Print)9789811328190
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameWork, Organization, and Employment
ISSN (Print)2520-8837
ISSN (Electronic)2520-8845


  • silence
  • managerial agency
  • EU legislation
  • information and consultation

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