Adoption and Termination of Employee Involvement Programs

18 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2011

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Wei Chi

Tsinghua University - School of Economics and Management

Richard B. Freeman

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); University of Edinburgh - School of Social and Political Studies; Harvard University; London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)

Morris M. Kleiner

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: February 20, 2011

Abstract

Using an interview survey of manufacturing establishments that provide 10 years of retrospective data on labor practices, we investigate factors associated with the adoption and termination of employee involvement programs and the relation between these and other human resource policies. In the period studied, more firms introduced than terminated such programs but a sufficiently large number chose to eliminate such programs to indicate that employee involvement does not fit in all business settings. Our results show that business strategy and the use of other complementary human resource policies affect the dynamics of employee involvement use in US manufacturing establishments.

Suggested Citation

Chi, Wei and Freeman, Richard B. and Kleiner, Morris M., Adoption and Termination of Employee Involvement Programs (February 20, 2011). LABOUR, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 45-62, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1773232 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9914.2010.00510.x

Wei Chi

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