Catching a Wave: the Adoption of Voice and High Commitment Workplace Practices in Britain: 1984-1998
AbstractIn this paper we treat workplace voice and systems of high-commitment human resource management (HCHRM) as technological innovations in order to account for the uneven diffusion patterns observed across establishments. Using British data, the paper finds that variables highlighted in the technological diffusion literature are significant predictors of voice and HRM adoption decisions. Workplace size, size of multi-establishment network, ownership type, set-up date and network affects all play a significant role in high-commitment HRM adoption. We also find that union presence, per se, is not an inhibitor to the adoption of high commitment HRM practices.
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High-commitment work practices; voice; unions; technology diffusion; complementarities;
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- Alex Bryson & Rafael Gomez & Tobias Kretschmer, 2005. "Catching a wave: the adoption of voice and high commitment workplace practices in Britain: 1984-1998," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 19909, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
- J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
- M54 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting - - Personnel Economics - - - Labor Management
- O33 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
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