Working Time Flexibility Across Europe: A Typology Using Firm-Level Data

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Marcel Kerkhofs

Tilburg University - OSA Institute for Labour Studies

Heejung Chung

University of Kent

Peter Ester

Tilburg University

Abstract

Using the European Establishment Survey of Working Times, we derive a typology of firms based on the mix of flexible working time practices they employ. Six flexibility profiles are distinguished, each representing a considerable proportion of establishments. The typology not only differentiates between more and less flexible firms, but also between the focus of the practices firms adopt, stressing that flexibility is not a one-dimensional concept. We also investigate what firm characteristics are good predictors of the adoption of a certain flexibility profile and how the profiles are related to performance and perceived HRM bottlenecks.

Suggested Citation

Kerkhofs, Marcel and Chung, Heejung and Ester, Peter, Working Time Flexibility Across Europe: A Typology Using Firm-Level Data. Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 39, Issue 6, pp. 569-585, November 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1282366 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2338.2008.00506.x

Marcel Kerkhofs (Contact Author)

Tilburg University - OSA Institute for Labour Studies ( email )

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Tilburg, DC 5000 LE
Netherlands

Heejung Chung

University of Kent ( email )

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Canterbury, 01227 7640
United Kingdom

Peter Ester

Tilburg University ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, DC 5000 LE
Netherlands

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