Corporate Social Responsibility and New Job Seekers in the Greater China Region: Factors in Application Decisions

Author(s):

Chris Rowley

 et al.

Despite the post-2008 financial crisis economic fallout, demand for skilled employees outstrips supply in various locations. What might assist organisations in tight labour markets better understand how prospective employees choose the jobs they apply for? Signaling theory explains how job seekers are attracted based on the information and signals they receive (directly and indirectly) about organisations. There is evidence that Corporate Social Responsibility is one of the signals that can motivate and retain workforces. Our study examines the extent to which job choices are influenced by CSR issues (a company's legal, ethical, philanthropic responsibilities) as compared to traditional job characteristics (salary, prospects, location, company type). Our focus is on the Greater China Region.

Updated: 10/02/2017
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Factors that influence the success of women in careers.

We investigate the careers of women, in terms of the influence from individual and organisational factors on objective (management level, salary) and subjective (satisfaction) success. Using a survey and interviews of executives in South Korea, we find influences from both sets of factors, but in particular from male-dominated organisational cultures.

Updated: 06/01/2015
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Can a gift-exchange model explain a potential link between flexible working and organisational performance?

In the UK, the benefits of flexible working, for both employees and employers, have been widely advocated. Data suggests there has been an increase in the offering of flexible working options to employees in Britain, and that similar schemes have been introduced across Europe. A systematic review of the academic research showed that a clear link between flexible working arrangements and organisational performance is yet to be established. In fact, a large empirical study of firms in the UK, France, Germany and the USA concluded that there was no direct link between flexible working practices and firm performance. This study examines data from the Workplace and Employment Relations Survey of 2004 to facilitate further understanding.

Updated: 04/01/2015
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The impact of Private Equity on employment, wages and human resources management.

Author(s):

Nicolas Bacon

 et al.

The impact of private equity backed leveraged buyouts (LBOs) has attracted increased regulatory scrutiny in the past two decades. This reflects the private equity industry's growing economic importance, and also the increased activity of private equity firms beyond their traditional US and UK markets. Private equity's growing presence in continental Europe in particular has caused considerable public controversy in terms of implications for workers and labour unions. This paper explores the impact of private equity LBOs on three labour management issues central to recent debates: employment and wages; human resource management practices; and industrial relations. We concentrate on these aspects because the impact of private equity LBOs on labour management and workers' interests continues to inform debates concerning the appropriate regulatory framework in which the private equity industry operates.

Updated: 09/02/2017
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The role and impact of trade union equality representatives in Britain

Drawing on data from the first ever national survey of trade union equality representatives, this article assesses the impact the role has had in British workplaces. This evaluation is important, given the role the previous government identified for unions in helping to deliver equality policy. It is also important as part of a broader evaluation of the union modernisation agenda.

Updated: 07/01/2013
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To what extent is the varieties of capitalism framework transferable? The example of the political economy of Thailand.

Author(s):

Chris Rowley

 et al.

There are common calls for economies to 'upgrade' and 'upskill' and move up the value chain. On this basis, the research here highlights the importance of integration and the inter-locking nature of business systems. It then examines the 'varieties of capitalism' (VOC) in respect of its wider applicability, particularly to Asia, using Thailand as an example. Finally, the influence of national cultural values is highlighted, as they prove a crucial element in any VOC analysis.

Updated: 09/02/2017
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Employer disability practice in Britain: assessing the impact of the Positive About Disabled People ‘Two Ticks’ symbol

Author(s):

Kim Hoque

 et al.

Awarded to employers by Jobcentre Plus, the Two Ticks symbol is intended to help disabled job applicants identify employers that have made positive commitments regarding the treatment of disabled people within recruitment, training and retention processes. This paper assesses the extent to which employers displaying the Positive About Disabled People 'Two Ticks' symbol adhere to their commitments, and whether adherence is greater in Two Ticks than non-Two Ticks workplaces. It also assesses levels of support for and dialogue with Disability Champions in Two Ticks workplaces. These issues are explored in the public and private sectors separately.

Updated: 12/12/2012
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Line management and Rewards in China’s knowledge intensive industries

Managers play a significant role in the adoption, modification, and even discontinuation of pay for performance. However, there has been no existing literature on the contributions of line managers to pay for performance practices in the Chinese context. This paper explores line managers' perception of pay for performance and the key supports and barriers to their involvement in pay for performance design and implementation. A multi-case study approach was conducted in 12 non-public sector knowledge intensive firms, aligned with semi-structured interviews with HR and line managers. The findings show that project intensification could be an important factor that impacted on line managers' understanding and responsibility in pay for performance.

Updated: 10/02/2017
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Early Warning Systems – Building Human Capital Risk Assessment Capabilities in Financial Regulators

Author(s):

Chris Rowley

 et al.

Following the devastating Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004, steps were taken to coordinate an Indian Ocean tsunami early warning system. These early warning systems have been triggered several times since their implementation, and consequently damage has been minimised and averted. This paper identifies the need for equally robust early warning systems for financial markets.

Updated: 04/01/2015
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