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How Workers Fare When Employers Innovate

Sandra E. Black, Lisa Lynch, Anya Krivelyova

NBER Working Paper No. 9569
Issued in March 2003
NBER Program(s):   LS

Complementing existing work on firm organizational structure and productivity, this paper examines the impact of organizational change on workers. We find evidence that employers do appear to compensate at least some of their workers for engaging in high performance workplace practices. We also find a significant association between high performance workplace practices and increased wage inequality. Finally, we examine the relationship between organizational structure and employment changes and find that some practices, such as self-managed teams, are associated with greater employment reductions, while other practices, such as the percentage of workers involved in job rotation, are associated with lower employment reductions.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w9569

Published: Black, Sandra E., Lisa M. Lynch, and Anya Krivelyova. "How Workers Fare When Employers Innovate." Industrial Relations 43, 1 (January 2004): 44-66.

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