Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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

No 11-11: Progression of HR Practices in Danish Firms during Two Decades

Tor Eriksson ()
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Tor Eriksson: Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business, Postal: FRICHSHUSET , Hermodsvej 22, 1st and 2nd floors , DK 8230 Aabyhoej, Denmark

Abstract: This paper describes the spread of new work and pay practices in Danish private sector firms during the last two decades. The data source is two surveys directed at firms and carried out ten years apart. The descriptive analysis shows that large changes in the way work is organized in firms have occurred during both decades, whereas the progression of pay practices predominantly took place in the nineties. There is considerable firm heterogeneity in the frequency of adoption of the practices. In particular, the prevalence of both incentive pay and work practices is higher in multinational companies and firms engaged in exporting

Keywords: High performance work practices; Pay practices; Performance pay

JEL-codes: M52

33 pages, June 7, 2012

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