Human resource practices, unionization and the organizational efficiency of French industry

Doucouliagos, Hristos and Laroche, Patrice 2007, Human resource practices, unionization and the organizational efficiency of French industry. In Lewin, David and Kaufman, Bruce E. (ed), Advances in industrial and labor relations, volume 15, JAI Press Inc.; Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp.67-102.

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Title Human resource practices, unionization and the organizational efficiency of French industry
Author(s) Doucouliagos, HristosORCID iD for Doucouliagos, Hristos
Laroche, Patrice
Title of book Advances in industrial and labor relations, volume 15
Editor(s) Lewin, David
Kaufman, Bruce E.
Publication date 2007
Chapter number 10
Total chapters 11
Start page 67
End page 102
Total pages 36
Publisher JAI Press Inc.; Elsevier
Place of Publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Summary Organizational performance improves through several channels, including changes in efficiency, innovation and technological change. Most of the extant research has focused on overall performance, often measured by partial measures of productivity, with little attention given to the components of performance. The aim of this paper is to analyze the impact of HR practices and unionization on one important channel - organization efficiency - as measured by technical and scale efficiency. Using French industry survey data, the paper shows that HR practices do influence efficiency, but this is moderated by the existence of unions. The results show a rather complex set of associations. We find robust results that show that in France, HR practices have a positive effect on scale efficiency but this effect is dampened in the presence of unions. On their own, HRpractices have no effect on technical efficiency. However, some of the results suggest that HR practices can exert a positive influence when combined with unions.
ISBN 0762313862
ISSN 0742-6186
Language eng
Field of Research 140211 Labour Economics
Socio Economic Objective 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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