High-Commitment Work Practices and Downsizing Harshness in Australian Workplaces

25 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2007

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Rick D. Iverson

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Management and Organizational Studies Area

CHRISTOPHER D. ZATZICK

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

This study examines the relationship between high-commitment work practices (HCWP) and downsizing. The results based on a large, representative sample of Australian workplaces supported our predictions. Consistent with previous research, HCWP was positively related to workforce reduction. However, workplaces with more HCWP used less harsh strategies (e.g., more employee-friendly approaches to downsizing) such as voluntary layoffs and early retirement than the harsher strategy of compulsory layoffs. The implications of these findings are discussed.

Suggested Citation

Iverson, Roderick (Rick) and ZATZICK, CHRISTOPHER D., High-Commitment Work Practices and Downsizing Harshness in Australian Workplaces. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 46, No. 3, pp. 456-480, July 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=994019 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2007.00477.x

Roderick (Rick) Iverson (Contact Author)

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Management and Organizational Studies Area ( email )

8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Colombia V5A 1S6
Canada

CHRISTOPHER D. ZATZICK

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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