Do Innovative Workplace Practices Foster Mutual Gains? Evidence from Croatia

57 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2010

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Derek C. Jones

Hamilton College - Economics Department

Srecko Goic

University of Split, Faculty of Economics

Date Written: May 1, 2010

Abstract

New survey data for more than 470 employees (more than 80% of production workers) in a single Croatian manufacturing firm exhibits large variation in participation in innovative work practices (IWPs) notably online teams, offline teams, employee ownership, and incentive pay. Amongst IWPs, probit estimates reveal that membership in offline teams most often yields favorable outcomes for firms, notably enhanced provision of discretionary effort by employees and more likelihood of peer monitoring, as well as improved worker outcomes, including enhanced job satisfaction and higher employee involvement. Other IWPs usually are associated with similar favorable outcomes for firms and workers. Participation in sets of IWPs, that include offline teams and financial incentives, is found to yield benefits to both employees and firms. Our findings provide support for the proposition that IWPs will produce mutual gains and also help to identify key channels through which different IWPs work. Women also perceive that they are less empowered and report less willingness to engage in peer monitoring.

Keywords: innovative work practices, employee ownership, Croatia, econometric case study

JEL Classification: C4

Suggested Citation

Jones, Derek C. and Goic, Srecko, Do Innovative Workplace Practices Foster Mutual Gains? Evidence from Croatia (May 1, 2010). William Davidson Institute Working Paper No. 993. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1650188 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1650188

Derek C. Jones (Contact Author)

Hamilton College - Economics Department ( email )

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Srecko Goic

University of Split, Faculty of Economics ( email )

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Split, 21000
Croatia

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