competing and complementing

Competing and complementing – The relation of Co-determination and new participatory platforms within companies


In our project “Competing and complementing – The relation of co-determination and new participatory platforms within companies” we do research on workers participation on digital platforms by examining new forms and processes of employee participation online.

In Germany co-determination defines a set of employee rights including the possibility of actively participating in the shaping of their working environment. In the context of digitization, numerous companies are introducing digital platforms that are intended to strengthen the participation of employees by using e.g. Enterprise Social Software.

To which extent are the structures and processes of the co-determination shaped by the increasing use of digital company platforms? What is the outcome regarding participation and collaboration of employees and specifically for works councils?

In the context of globalization, decentralization and new production systems this development is part of the growing importance of company-specific organizational cultures and heterogeneous company participation practices.

Using a multi-method approach, we identify the potential of employee participation in digital platforms on the software and feature level. Further we plan to highlight the relationship between the works councils and these platforms and to draw up recommendations for all stakeholders.

With our project we aim to contribute to the debate of Work 4.0 by being part of the research network Digitalisierung, Mitbestimmung, gute Arbeit and sponsored by the Hans Böckler Foundation – the institute of the German Federation of Trade Unions (DGB). The project at HIIG is being implemented in close collaboration with the Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI Research Center for Information Technology) in Berlin.


Duration 10/2017 – 09/2019
Supporter Hans Böckler Foundation
Research Team
Conference contribution and other activities
Research Team


Conference contribution and other activities

Shirley Ogolla

Researcher: Internet-enabled Innovation, Internet Policy and Governance

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