Research in Higher Education

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 131–149 | Cite as

Comparing Union and Nonunion Staff Perceptions of the Higher Education Work Environment

  • Jim Vander Putten
  • Michael K. McLendon
  • Marvin W. Peterson


Evidence of substantial growth in unionization among university noninstructional staff over the past 20 years (Hurd and Woodhead, 1987) and the emergence of a quality movement in higher education linking employee attitudes toward the work environment with increased productivity point to the need for additional research into union and nonunion staff perceptions of the work environment. This paper describes a conceptually oriented, exploratory study of the university work environment as perceived and defined by union and nonunion noninstructional staff.


High Education Productivity Point Additional Research Work Environment Exploratory Study 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jim Vander Putten
    • 1
  • Michael K. McLendon
    • 1
  • Marvin W. Peterson
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary EducationUniversity of MichiganAnn Arbor

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