Explanatory Factors for Firms' Use of Temporary Agency Work in Germany

European Management Journal (2010) 28, 55-67

13 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2014

Date Written: January 1, 2010

Abstract

The use of temporary agency work is becoming more important for firms as it enables them to increase flexibility. Therefore, it is highly relevant to have a thorough understanding of the explanatory factors behind its use. Most recent literature focuses on the assumed cost effect of temporary agency work. But a few indicators show that this effect does not predominantly trigger firms use of temporary agency work. We support this thesis by highlighting new empirical evidence from the German market.

Keywords: Flexible Staffing, Temporary Worker, Employability, Human Resource Management

JEL Classification: M54, M55

Suggested Citation

Thommes, Kirsten and Weiland, Katrin, Explanatory Factors for Firms' Use of Temporary Agency Work in Germany (January 1, 2010). European Management Journal (2010) 28, 55-67. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2496630

Kirsten Thommes (Contact Author)

RWTH Aachen University ( email )

Templergraben 55
52056 Aachen, 52056
Germany

Katrin Weiland

University of Jena ( email )

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