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Providing business information to production workers: Correlates of compensation and profitability


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  • Morris M. Kleiner
  • Marvin L. Bouillon
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    This study investigates some of the effects of a company's providing production workers with information on its financial condition, productivity, and relative standing in the labor market. Analyzing survey responses of business executives from 106 firms together with financial data on the companies from COMPUSTAT II for 1984, the authors find that information-sharing was positively related to the level of wages and benefits and unrelated to productivity in both union and nonunion businesses, and that it had a significant negative relationship to profits and cash flows in nonunion businesses. (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

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    Article provided by ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School in its journal ILR Review.

    Volume (Year): 41 (1988)
    Issue (Month): 4 (July)
    Pages: 605-617

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    Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:41:y:1988:i:4:p:605-617

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    1. Moriguchi, Chiaki, 2010. "Top wage incomes in Japan, 1951-2005," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 24(3), pages 301-333, September.
    2. Sebastian Krautheim & Tim Schmidt-Eisenlohr, 2012. "Wages and International Tax Competition," CESifo Working Paper Series 3867, CESifo Group Munich.
    3. Howard Gospel & Paul Willman, 2004. "Comparatively open: statutory information disclosure for consultation and bargaining in Germany, France and the UK," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library 382, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    4. Mathieu Floquet & Marc Nikitin, 2013. "Faut-il diffuser de l'information financière aux salariés ?," Post-Print hal-01003932, HAL.
    5. Surendra Gera & Wulong Gu, 2004. "The Effect of Organizational Innovation and Information and Communications Technology on Firm Performance," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 9, pages 37-51, Fall.
    6. Chen, Tsung-Kang & Chen, Yan-Shing & Liao, Hsien-Hsing, 2011. "Labor unions, bargaining power and corporate bond yield spreads: Structural credit model perspectives," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 35(8), pages 2084-2098, August.
    7. Riccardo Peccei & Helen Bewley & Howard Gospel & Paul Willman, 2003. "Is it good to talk? Information disclosure and organisational performance in the UK incorporating evidence submitted on the DTI discussion paper 'high performance workplaces - informing and consulting," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library 20005, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    8. Howard Gospel & P Willman, 2004. "Comparatively Open: Statutory Information Disclosure for Consultation and Bargaining in Germany, France and the UK," CEP Discussion Papers dp0615, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
    9. Creane, Anthony, 2007. "Productivity information in vertical sharing agreements," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 25(4), pages 821-841, August.


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