Has ‘Discretionary Learning’ Declined During the Lisbon Agenda? A Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Study of Work Organisation in European Nations

32 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2014

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Jacob Holm

Aalborg University - Department of Business and Management

Edward Lorenz

Institute of Right and Economy of the Firm and Industry (IDEFI) - National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS); Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis

Date Written: August 27, 2014

Abstract

This paper explores changes in the organisation of work in European nations over 2000-2010. Results show a decline in the Discretionary Learning (DL). Periods of economic expansion tend to be DL enhancing, while periods of economic stagnation tend to reinforce the use of more hierarchical forms of work organisation. More generally, the results show that cross-country comparisons do not provide a sound basis for drawing conclusions about how the evolution of national labour market policies impact on changes in work organisation over time within nations.

Keywords: work organisation, labour market policies, time series cross sectional analysis, economic conjuncture

JEL Classification: J48, J81, L23, P51

Suggested Citation

Holm, Jacob and Lorenz, Edward, Has ‘Discretionary Learning’ Declined During the Lisbon Agenda? A Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Study of Work Organisation in European Nations (August 27, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2487849 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2487849

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