Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 2 2002, page 81-98.
The Functioning of Danish Co-operation committees
An empirical study
The article deals with a study of how company representatives – both management and employees – describe and evaluate the co-operation committee. The article also includes a short introduction to the history of the co-operation committee and the present importance seen from a HRM perspective. The study is based on answers from approx. 1,650 Danish companies where the chairman (management) and deputy chairman (employee representative) have informed and given their opinion about the size of the co-operation committee, frequency of meetings, discussed matters, the type of participation, satisfaction, conflicts, and the view on the actual and future importance of the co-operation committee. The results of the study show that the purpose, i.e. the cooperation committee must increase communication and mututal understanding between the parties, seems to a high extent to have been met. Despite some variation in views between management and employees, there is a consensus that information between the parties is good, that the cooperation committee is important for the working climate and for solving conflicts, and as a means to increase job satisfaction, understanding and participation, and to attach the employees to the company.