Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Papers,
University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics

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

Tor Eriksson () and Jaime Ortega ()
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Tor Eriksson: Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business, Postal: Prismet, Silkeborgvej 2, DK 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
Jaime Ortega: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Postal: Calle Madrid 126, 28903 Getafe (Madrid), Spain

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

JEL-codes: M12; M54

33 pages, May 26, 2004

Note: Submitted for publishing in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review

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