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No 04-3:
The Adoption of Job Rotation: Testing the Theories

Tor Eriksson () and Jaime Ortega ()

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to test three theories for why firms introduce job rotation schemes:

employee learning, employer learning, and employee motivation. The earlier literature has made

use of either information about establishment characteristics or data coming from personnel

records of a single firm. In order to improve upon this, we make use of a unique data set

constructed by merging information from a fairly detailed survey directed at Danish private

sector firms with a linked employer-employee panel data. This allows us to include firm and

workforce characteristics as well as firms HRM practices as explanatory variables, and hence to

carry out a more comprehensive analysis.

Keywords: Job rotation; employee learning; employer learning; employee motivation; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: M12; M54; (follow links to similar papers)

33 pages, May 26, 2004

Submitted for publishing in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review

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