The influence of stock market listing on human resource management: evidence for France and Britain

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Conway, Neil ; Deakin, S. ; Konzelmann, Suzanne J. ; Petit, H. ; Rebérioux, A. ; Wilkinson, F. (2008)
  • Publisher: Cambridge Centre for Business Research
  • Subject: man

We use data from REPONSE 2004 and WERS 2004 to analyse whether approaches to HRM differ according to whether an establishment is part of a company with a stock exchange listing. In both countries we find that listing is\ud positively associated with teamworking and performance-related pay, while in France, but not in Britain, it is also linked to worker autonomy and training. Our findings are inconsistent with the claim that shareholder pressure operates as a constraint on the adoption of high-performance workplace practices. The pattern is similar in the two countries, but with a slightly stronger tendency for listing to be associated with high-performance workplace practices in France.
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