The Same Yet Different: Worker Reports on Labour Practices and Outcomes in a Single Firm Across Countries

43 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2007 Last revised: 30 Aug 2010

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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)

Douglas L. Kruse

Rutgers University

Joseph Blasi

Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations - New Brunswick

Date Written: July 2007

Abstract

This paper examines cross-country differences in labour policies and practices and employee performance and attitudes toward work from a sample of nearly 30,000 employees in a large multinational manufacturing firm. The analysis shows: 1) large establishment and country differences in work practices, performance, and attitudes toward work across countries; 2) qualitatively similar responses of workers to work practices across countries; 3) a strong link between the establishment average of employee reports on the quality of labour-management relations and establishment average measures of employee performance 4) a positive relation between average employee performance and average employee-management relations at the country level, but no relation between country level performance in the firm and measures of the extent of national labour regulations or practices.

Suggested Citation

Freeman, Richard B. and Kruse, Douglas L. and Blasi, Joseph R., The Same Yet Different: Worker Reports on Labour Practices and Outcomes in a Single Firm Across Countries (July 2007). NBER Working Paper No. w13233. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=999028

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