High-Performance Work System and Organizational Turnover in East and Southeast Asian Countries

8 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2008  

Zeynep Y. Yalabik

University of Bath, School of Management

Shyh-jer Chen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

John Lawler

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - School of Labor & Employment Relations

Kwanghyun Kim

Korea University Business School

Abstract

In this paper, we examine the impact of high-performance work systems (HPWSs) on both voluntary and involuntary organizational turnover rates. Most research on this topic has been done in the United States. Given the global competitive pressures confronting many of the countries of East and Southeast Asia, companies in this region are seeking to become more flexible and often adapt HPWSs practices. We explore the impact of HPWSs in both locally owned companies and subsidiaries of multinational corporations in Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Thailand. These countries have significantly different national cultures from the United States and most other Western countries and HPWSs effects in relation to turnover might vary from the studies based in the United States. Our findings are, however, somewhat consistent with U.S.-based studies. In fact, HPWSs were found to be more effective in reducing turnover in locally owned companies than in subsidiaries of Western and Japanese multinational companies.

Suggested Citation

Yalabik, Zeynep Y. and Chen, Shyh-jer and Lawler, John and Kim, Kwanghyun, High-Performance Work System and Organizational Turnover in East and Southeast Asian Countries. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 47, Issue 1, pp. 145-152, January 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1080979 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2008.00509.x

Zeynep Y. Yalabik (Contact Author)

University of Bath, School of Management ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/faculty/zeynep_yalabik.html

Shyh-jer Chen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

John Lawler

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - School of Labor & Employment Relations ( email )

504 East Armory Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820-6297
United States

Kwanghyun Kim

Korea University Business School ( email )

145 Anam-ro, Seongbuk-Gu
Seoul, 02841
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)
+82-2-3290-2625 (Phone)

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