Sharing in the Company: Determinants, Processes and Outcomes of Employee Participation Vol: 17

Erik Poutsma
Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Paul E. M. Ligthart
Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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12 Jun 2017
Emerald Publishing Limited
176 pages - 152 x 229 x 21mm
Advances in the Economic Analysis of Participatory & Labor-Managed Firms


This volume gathers recent insights into the determinants, developments and outcomes of employee share ownership. It focuses on a number of new emerging themes in the literature and tests some of the relationships using several, notable European datasets. The authors discuss employee share ownership from the perspective of strategic human resource management (SHRM) and present the ‘contextual SHRM model,’ where employee ownership is influenced by several environmental pressures, which indicated the need for five specific ‘fits’ of employee ownership. These fits are: fit of employee ownership with strategy of the firm, with the organizational cultural heritage, with the wider social cultural environment; fit with other HRM practices (internal fit); fit with personal characteristics of employees. The authors explore these fits with several new emerging theories and demonstrate what firms that want employee ownership to be an effective HRM policy need to do.
This volume considers the determinants, developments, and outcomes of employee share ownership from the perspective of strategic human resource management. It examines the importance of the relationship between employee ownership with other human resource management practices and describes a contextual strategic human resource management model, in which human resource management strategy and practices are influenced by environmental pressures, requiring several “fits”: strategic, organizational, internal, personal, and environmental fit. Chapters address the rationale for employee ownership and strategic human resource management, determinants of employee share ownership, who participates in share plans and why, variations in the adoption of employee share ownership and stock option arrangements across countries, and differences in the adoption of share schemes in various countries.

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