Employee Ownership, Participation and Representation in China


Aims of the Special Issue

Since China joined the World Trade Organisation in 2001 it has been the fastest growing economy in the world.  Today it employs 780 million people and is the second largest economy in the world.  At current rates of growth it is set to be the biggest within the next decade.  Scholars and the Western media have focused on the “China Shock” – the impact of Chinese imports on labour markets and firms in the West.  Less attention has been devoted to the experiences of workers and the operation of firms in China.
This Special Issue is devoted to examining the latest data on the experiences of workers and firms’ operations in China.  We seek papers examining the Chinese labour market afresh with empirical studies tackling the opportunities and challenges China faces today, particularly in relation to employee ownership, participation and representation. 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Take up and implications of share option schemes for senior corporate executives in listed firms
  • The implications of state privatisation in the listed sector
  • The collective representation of workers in China, including the role of trade unions
  • The deployment of modern human resource management practices in both Chinese and foreign-owned firms in China
  • The role of worker cooperatives.


  • To submit your paper, please register at ScholarOne portal first and submit your manuscript online
  • When submitting, make sure to respond to “Please select the issue you are submitting to” by clicking on “Employee Ownership, Participation and Representation in China”
  • For author guidelines, please visit the journal's page 
  • The deadline is 31st December 2021
  • Those wishing to know more about the special issue can also contact the editors of the special issue – Cheryl Long ([email protected]), Alex Bryson ([email protected]) or Richard Freeman ([email protected])