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Abstract

The present economic context is heavily marked by a global crisis without precedents.Facing this constraint, companies feel pressured to undertake even greater efforts in order tooptimize available resources. Work organisation is one of the mechanisms that managers use toalign human resources with that kind of constraints and, thus, develop a better response to themarket. Organisational literature shows that flexible and decentralized work organisationmodels are better suited to this need. These models stress the importance of human resources inpromoting a flexible organization capable of change and adapt to market contingencies. Thisperspective can be seen on the adoption of participation, decentralization of the decision processand information, cooperation among workers through the implementation of working teams.The characteristics of human resources, namely their social and technical skills, knowledge andtheir ability to learn new things, are frequently pointed out as a key factor for the success ofthese models. The main goal of this paper is to understand the role of human and social capitalfor the success of flexible organisation practices. In order to accomplish this goal, it isdeveloped an analysis of European countries from 1990 to 2005, using data from World ValuesSurvey WVS and European Working Conditions Survey EWCS.



Item Type: MPRA Paper -

Original Title: Impact of social capital on flexible work organisation models: comparative study of european countries-

English Title: Impact of social capital on flexible work organisation models: comparative study of european countries-

Language: English-

Keywords: Work Organisation; HPWS; Social Capital; Europe-

Subjects: L - Industrial Organization > L2 - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior > L23 - Organization of ProductionM - Business Administration and Business Economics ; Marketing ; Accounting ; Personnel Economics > M5 - Personnel Economics > M54 - Labor ManagementO - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth > O5 - Economywide Country Studies > O52 - Europe-





Author: Ferreira, Pedro

Source: https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/36407/







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