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High Performance Work Systems, Industrial Relations and Pay Policies in Europe

Carlo Dell’aringa, Paolo Ghinetti () and Claudio Lucifora ()

Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Sociali, 2005, vol. 113, issue 2, 215-240

Abstract: The present study uses data for workplaces in all sectors of ten European countries to investigate whether firms that have introduced new forms of work organisation are more likely to use variable pay schemes. Also the role played by institutional forces and employees’ representatives is investigated. New regimes of work organisation are characterised by both new work practices – such as teams, job rotation, multitasking and flat hierarchies – and higher levels of direct participation by employees. We find that, in general, schemes of variable pay are more likely to be introduced where new work practices are in place. The presence of employees’ representatives increases the probability of variable pay, but only when they co-operate with the management in decision-making.

Keywords: new work organisation; employees representation; variable pay policies. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J33 J59 M52 M54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005
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