Mark Hall, John Purcell and Michael Terry are at the University of Warwick. Sue Hutchinson is at the University of the West of England. Jane Parker is at Massey University.
Rights and Conditions at Work
Promoting Effective Consultation? Assessing the Impact of the ICE Regulations
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2011
© John Wiley & Sons Ltd/London School of Economics 2011
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume 51, Issue 2, pages 355–381, June 2013
How to Cite
Hall, M., Hutchinson, S., Purcell, J., Terry, M. and Parker, J. (2013), Promoting Effective Consultation? Assessing the Impact of the ICE Regulations. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 51: 355–381. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2011.00870.x
- Issue published online: 19 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2011
- Final version accepted on 24 April 2011.
Drawing on evidence from longitudinal case studies in 25 organizations, this article examines whether information and consultation (I&C) bodies established in the context of the UK's Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004 have been the vehicle for effective consultation, based on objective criteria. Assessed against the regulations' default provisions that require I&C concerning strategic business issues and major organizational change, a substantial minority of participating organizations were categorized as ‘active consulters’, while a majority were ‘communicators’. The differing trajectories of I&C primarily reflected internal organizational dynamics, particularly management's approach to consultation. Beyond providing the catalyst for managerial moves to introduce I&C, the influence of the statutory framework proved largely peripheral.