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Modes of labor flexibility at firm level: Are there any implications for performance and innovation? Evidence for the Swiss economy

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  • Spyros Arvanitis

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The aim of this study is to define and measure numerical and functional labor flexibility at the firm level and investigate empirically the impact of each of these flexibility modes on performance and innovation measures as well as the interrelationship between them. Our estimation equation contains, besides the classical production factors labor and physical capital, information and communication technologies (ICT) capital, human capital, variables for flexible organizational practices as well as measures for numerical labor flexibility. The empirical investigation is based on data for about 1400 Swiss firms. Copyright 2005, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Industrial and Corporate Change.

Volume (Year): 14 (2005)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
Pages: 993-1016

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Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:14:y:2005:i:6:p:993-1016

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  1. Nicole Torka & Jan Kees Looise & Stefan Zagelmeyer, 2011. "Ordinary Atypical Workers, Participation within the Firm and Innovation: A Theoretical Endeavor and Empirical Outlook," management revue. Socio-economic Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 22(3), pages 221-239.
  2. Kathrin Armbruster & Michael Beckmann & Dieter Kuhn, 2012. "Task Allocation and Corporate Performance: Is There a First-Mover Advantage?," Working papers 2012/07, Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel.
  3. Dr Alex Bryson, 2012. "Do Temporary Agency Workers Affect Workplace Performance?," NIESR Discussion Papers 3235, National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
  4. Muhammad Imran Malik & Dr. Mehboob Ahmad, 2011. "Lucky or Unlucky people: Layoff Survivors," Far East Journal of Psychology and Business, Far East Research Centre, vol. 2(2), pages 23-35, March.
  5. Zhou, H. & Dekker, R. & Kleinknecht, A., 2010. "Flexible Labor and Innovation Performance: Evidence from Longitudinal Firm-Level Data," ERIM Report Series Research in Management ERS-2010-007-ORG, Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus Uni.
  6. Grassi, Emanuele & Di Cintio, Marco, 2012. "Uncertainty, flexible labour relations and R&D expenditure," MPRA Paper 37646, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  7. Michael Beckmann & Dieter Kuhn, 2012. "Flexibility vs. screening: The performance effects of temporary agency work strategies," Working papers 2012/03, Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel.
  8. Spyros Arvanitis & Tobias Stucki & Florian Seliger, 2013. "The Relative Importance of Human Resource Management Practices for a Firm’s Innovation Performance," KOF Working papers 13-341, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich.
  9. Michael Beckmann & Dieter Kuhn, 2010. "Complementarities between Workplace Organisation and Human Resource Management:," Working papers 2010/03, Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel.

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