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The Influence of Stock Market Listing on Human Resource Managment: Evidence for France and Britain

  • Neil Conway
  • Simon Deakin
  • Suzzanne J. Konzelmann
  • Héloïse Petit
  • Antoine Rebérioux
  • Frank Wilkinson

We use data from REPONSE 2004 and WERS 2004 to analyse whether approaches to HRM differ according to whether an establishment is part of a company with a stock exchange listing. In both countries we find that listing is positively associated with teamworking and performance-related pay, while in France, but not in Britain, it is also linked to worker autonomy and training. Our findings are inconsistent with the claim that shareholder pressure operates as a constraint on the adoption of high-performance workplace practices. The pattern is similar in the two countries, but with a slightly stronger tendency for listing to be associated with high-performance workplace practices in France.

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