Product market competition and human resource practices in the retail food sector

Elizabeth Davis, Matthew Freedman, Julia Lane, Brian Mccall, Nicole Nestoriak, Timothy Park

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In the wake of Wal-Mart and other mass merchandisers' entry into food retailing, the nature of competition in the industry has changed radically. Using longitudinal data on workers and firms to construct measures of compensation and churning for traditional food retailers, this paper examines how these measures change in response to mass merchandiser entry. While there is considerable heterogeneity across retail food establishments, human resource practices are persistent even in the face of new external competition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)350-371
Number of pages22
JournalIndustrial Relations
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 24 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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