What helps organizing work? The indicators and the facilitators of organizing

  • Burchielli R
  • Bartram T
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This article examines the adoption of the organizing model at three Australian union branches. It disentangles key conceptual dimensions of organizing, in particular the indicators and facilitators of organizing. Subsequently, these dimensions are explored through the views of Australian union officials actively engaged in the struggle of organizing. Findings suggest the critical supporting role of four facilitators: use of crisis, visionary and distributed leadership, branch cohesiveness and financial resources. However, in the process of union change, constraining factors such as internal conflict and industry restructure may prevent the adoption of the organizing strategy. Our findings may help to explain unions' current limited adoption of the organizing model of revitalization. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Journal of Industrial Relations is the property of Sage Publications, Ltd. and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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  • Australia
  • Organizing
  • Trade unions
  • Union officials
  • Union renewal

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  • Rosaria Burchielli

  • Timothy Bartram

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