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The effects of the national setting on employment practice: The case of downsizing

Goergen, Marc, Brewster, Chris and Wood, Geoffrey 2013. The effects of the national setting on employment practice: The case of downsizing. International Business Review 22 (6) , pp. 1051-1067. 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2013.02.001

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Abstract

Although there is now a sizeable body of academic literature that tries to explain cross-country differences in terms of corporate control, capital market development, investor protection and politics, there is as yet very little literature on the degrees of protection accorded to other corporate stakeholders such as employees, based on a systematic comparison of firm level evidence. We find that both theories of legal origin and the varieties of capitalism approach are poor predictors of the relative propensity of firms to make redundancies in different settings. However, the political orientation of the government in place and even more so the nature of the electoral system are relatively good explanators of this propensity. In other words, political structures and outcomes matter more than more rigid institutional features such as legal origin. We explore the reasons for this, drawing out the implications for both theory and practice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Uncontrolled Keywords: Capitalist systems; Corporate governance systems; Downsizing; Employment practices; Mergers and acquisitions
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0969-5931
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:16
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/50209

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