Employee participation programs have many faces, many definitions, many forms--and they change all the time. Bar-Haim, taking a historical approach, dissects these plans with readable, lucid scholarship, and makes sense of the various confusing experiences others have had with them. He analyzes the shapes and dimensions these plans take, using a variety of conceptual frames from the social and management sciences; suggests practical guidelines to operationalize them, then adds a number of highly plausible scenarios for what these plans could look like in the near and perhaps distant future. Students, scholars, researchers, and human resource executives will all find this an important, useful source of action-oriented information.
Aviad Bar-Haim heads the management and economics department at the Open University of Israel, Tel Aviv. He holds a doctorate in industrial sociology and organizational behavior from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and before his present assignment was the Open University's Dean for Academic Development.