How "collective" is union citizenship behavior? Assessing individu al and coworker antecedents

Ed SNAPE*, Tom Redman, Julian Gould-Williams

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Contributing to an emerging literature on solidarity or group-norm effects on union participation, the authors examine the extent to which union citizenship behavior (UCB) can be characterized as a collective phenomenon. Findings from studies of UK local government workers and teachers suggest that, for organization-focused behaviors, it is meaningful to think of collective or group-level UCB. Furthermore, group-level UCB had a significant positive association with individual-level UCB. There was no evidence that a greater consistency of citizenship within a unit was associated with a stronger relationship between collective and individual citizenship behaviors. These findings suggest that it is worthwhile to analyze UCB as a collective phenomenon, and the authors call for more work on the contextual antecedents of union citizenship and participation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1306-1325
Number of pages20
JournalILR Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

User-Defined Keywords

  • Group norms
  • Solidarity
  • Union citizenship behavior
  • Union commitment
  • Union participation


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