Catching a Wave: The Adoption of Voice and High-Commitment Workplace Practices in Britain, 1984-1998

43 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2005

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Alex Bryson

UCL ; National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

Rafael Gomez

University of Toronto - Centre For Industrial Relations

Tobias Kretschmer

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) - Faculty of Business Administration (Munich School of Management); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: January 2005

Abstract

In this paper we treat workplace voice and systems of high-commitment human resource management (HCHRM) as technological innovations in order to account for the uneven diffusion patterns observed across establishments. Using British data, the paper finds that variables highlighted in the technological diffusion literature are significant predictors of voice and HRM adoption decisions. Workplace size, size of multi-establishment network, ownership type, set-up date and network affects all play a significant role in high-commitment HRM adoption. We also find that union presence, per se, is not an inhibitor to the adoption of high-commitment HRM practices.

Keywords: Technology diffusion, high-commitment workplace practices

JEL Classification: J21, J50

Suggested Citation

Bryson, Alex and Gomez, Rafael and Kretschmer, Tobias, Catching a Wave: The Adoption of Voice and High-Commitment Workplace Practices in Britain, 1984-1998 (January 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=796609 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.796609

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Rafael Gomez

University of Toronto - Centre For Industrial Relations ( email )

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Tobias Kretschmer (Contact Author)

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