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Fördern oder behindern Betriebsräte die Unternehmensentwicklung?

  • Olaf Hübler

Whether works councils support or hinder the development of firms is an open question. The results from empirical studies are mixed. Establishments with works councils have a higher degree of flexibility and higher productivity, but also higher wages and a lower degree of profitability. The impact on innovation and investment, as well as on employment, is ambiguous. Works councils support on-the-job training and most internal reorganisation measures. Copyright Verein für Socialpolitik und Blackwell Publishers Ltd, 2003

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Volume (Year): 4 (2003)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 379-397

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