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A comparative analysis of employment practices among post-communist and capitalist countries in South Eastern Europe


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Title:A comparative analysis of employment practices among post-communist and capitalist countries in South Eastern Europe
Author(s):Sunil Sahadev, (Management School, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK), Mehmet Demirbag, (Management School, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)
Citation:Sunil Sahadev, Mehmet Demirbag, (2010) "A comparative analysis of employment practices among post-communist and capitalist countries in South Eastern Europe", Employee Relations, Vol. 32 Iss: 3, pp.248 - 261
Keywords:Employment, Greece, Skills, Turkey
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/01425451011038780 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – This paper aims to explore the level of convergence in employment practices among firms in the post-communist countries and capitalist countries in South Eastern Europe. Firms from a total of ten countries were included in the post-communist block and firms from Greece and Turkey were included in the capitalist block. The main purpose was to verify whether employment practices in firms in the post-communist countries now resemble that of firms in the capitalist countries after almost a decade of transition.

Design/methodology/approach – The study analyzed the employment practices in terms of the skill ration, employment of temporary workers and the education level of employees of about 8,000 firms in the region.

Findings – In terms of skill ratio and the education level significant levels of divergence was found between firms in post-communist countries and capitalist countries. However, in terms of employing temporary workers significant levels of convergence was detected.

Research implications/limitations – The research shows that there is some convergence in the employment practices of post-communist countries and capitalist countries. This shows that several post-communist countries in South East Europe have completed the transition from a communist society to a capitalist society.

Originality/value – The study is one of the first, which compares the employment practices of post-communist and capitalist countries in the region. By showing some levels of convergence, the study argues that the transition period in the post-communist economies is finally ending and thus firms in post-communist countries finally resemble those in capitalist countries at least in employment practices.



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