Do labour strategies matter? An analysis of two enterprise-level data sets in china

Julia Ingrid Lane, Robert M. Feinberg, Harry Broadman

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Abstract

This paper examines the effect of labour strategies and management types on firm performance in Chinese enterprises. We use two large panel surveys on Chinese enterprises, spanning almost two decades of transition. Our findings suggest that, as commonly thought, there are significant differences across ownership types in China in the degree to which flexible labour market strategies are utilized; and more flexible strategies (such as bonus-reward systems) do seem to significantly enhance performance. However, after controlling for different degrees of labour market flexibility, ownership differences have little influence on enterprise performance (with the exception that foreign joint ventures clearly outperform other types in growth and labour productivity). This important result suggests that the impact of Chinese ownership types on performance is felt through cost-impacts rather than via direct differences in competitive behaviour or the goals of enterprise decision-makers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-237
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of the Economics of Business
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

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China
Ownership
Labor
Chinese enterprises
Bonus
Labour market flexibility
Competitive behavior
Decision maker
Market strategy
Costs
Labour market
Firm performance
Labour productivity
Flexible labour
Enterprise performance
Reward system
Joint ventures

Keywords

  • Chinese Enterprises
  • Goals Of The Firm
  • Labour Market Flexibility
  • Ownership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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Do labour strategies matter? An analysis of two enterprise-level data sets in china. / Lane, Julia Ingrid; Feinberg, Robert M.; Broadman, Harry.

In: International Journal of the Economics of Business, Vol. 9, No. 2, 01.01.2002, p. 225-237.

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