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The Adoption of Job Rotation: Testing the Theories

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  • Eriksson, Tor

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    (Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business)

  • Ortega, Jaime

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    (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

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The aim of this paper is to test three theories for why firms introduce job rotation schemes: employee learning, employer learning, and employee motivation. The earlier literature has made use of either information about establishment characteristics or data coming from personnel records of a single firm. In order to improve upon this, we make use of a unique data set constructed by merging information from a fairly detailed survey directed at Danish private sector firms with a linked employer-employee panel data. This allows us to include firm and workforce characteristics as well as firms HRM practices as explanatory variables, and hence to carry out a more comprehensive analysis.

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Paper provided by University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 04-3.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 26 May 2004
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:aareco:2004_003

Note: Submitted for publishing in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review
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Keywords: Job rotation; employee learning; employer learning; employee motivation;

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  3. Ruckes, Martin & Rønde, Thomas, 2010. "Dynamic incentives in organizations: Success and inertia," Working Paper Series in Economics 7, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Department of Economics and Business Engineering.
  4. Stefanie Brilon, 2010. "Job Assignment with Multivariate Skills," Working Paper Series of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods 2010_25, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods.
  5. Hartmut Egger & Michael Koch, 2013. "Trade and the Firm-Internal Allocation of Workers to Tasks," Working Papers 139, Bavarian Graduate Program in Economics (BGPE).
  6. Prasad, Suraj & Tran, Hien, 2013. "Work practices, incentives for skills, and training," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 23(C), pages 66-76.
  7. Bernstrøm, Vilde Hoff, 2013. "The relationship between three stages of job change and long-term sickness absence," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 98(C), pages 239-246.
  8. Daniel Müller, 2010. "On Horns and Halos: Confirmation Bias and Job Rotation," Bonn Econ Discussion Papers bgse05_2010, University of Bonn, Germany.

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