Should I say something? A framework for understanding silence from a line manager’s perspective during an economic crisis

Rea, Prouska and Psychogios, Alexandros (2018) Should I say something? A framework for understanding silence from a line manager’s perspective during an economic crisis. Economic & Industrial Democracy, 40 (3). pp. 611-635. ISSN 0143-831X

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Abstract

The impact of the recent economic crisis on firms’ key employment priorities has been widely discussed in the literature. Although research has focused on how employee silence is manifested in times of economic crisis, less is known about how line managers experience voice and silence from their own perspective and organizational position. Line managers are an intriguing group to study because they act as both supervisors to their teams and as
supervisees (employees) to senior managers/business owners. We draw on qualitative data gathered from line managers in 35 small non-unionized enterprises in Greece in two periods of time (2012 and 2014) during the economic crisis. We develop a framework for
understanding line manager’s experience of silence in such contexts and, within this framework propose ‘cynical silence’ as a new type of silence relevant to an economic crisis context.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0143831X17752869
Date: 13 March 2018
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cynical silence, economic crisis, employee silence, Greece, line managers, small enterprises
Subjects: N600 Human Resource Management
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School > Dept. Management, HR and Enterprise
Depositing User: Alexandros Psychogios
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2018 10:10
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2020 12:38
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5414

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