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Perceived Acceptability of Organizational Layoffs and Job Alliances During a Recession: A Mapping of Portuguese People’s Views

Joana Margarida Sequeira Neto () and Etienne Mullet ()
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Joana Margarida Sequeira Neto: University of Oporto
Etienne Mullet: Institute of Advanced Studies (EPHE)

Journal of Business Ethics, 2018, vol. 152, issue 4, 1149-1157

Abstract: Abstract The present study aimed to explore and map the views of Portuguese laypersons regarding the acceptability of downsizing and restructuring measures during a recession. Two hundred and seven participants with various levels of training in economics were presented with a number of realistic scenarios depicting various measures, and were asked to indicate the extent to which they considered them to be acceptable. The scenarios were created by varying three factors likely to have an impact on people’s views: the magnitude of a company’s reduction in net sales, the magnitude of planned downsizing, and the way in which downsizing would be implemented, either through layoffs, job alliances or both. Six qualitatively different personal positions were found. Four of these following positions were expected: (1) never acceptable (15 %), (2) mainly depends on the magnitude of downsizing (22 %), (3) mainly acceptable (17 %) and (4) job alliance (8 %). Two unexpected positions were also observed: (5) drastic measures (8 %) and (6) undetermined (29 %).

Keywords: Downsizing and restructuring measures; Job alliances; Acceptability; Portugal (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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