The labor market regimes of Denmark and Norway – one Nordic model?

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Gooderham, P., Navrbjerg, S., Olsen, K. and Steen, C. 2015. The labor market regimes of Denmark and Norway – one Nordic model? Journal of Industrial Relations. 57 (2), pp. 166-186. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022185614534103
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TitleThe labor market regimes of Denmark and Norway – one Nordic model?
AuthorsGooderham, P., Navrbjerg, S., Olsen, K. and Steen, C.
Abstract

The literature on the Danish and Norwegian labor market systems emphasizes the commonalities of the two systems. We challenge this perception by investigating how employers in multinational companies in Denmark and Norway communicate with employees on staffing changes. We argue that the development of ‘flexicurity’ in Denmark grants Danish employers considerably greater latitude in engaging in staffing changes than its Nordic counterpart, Norway. Institutional theory leads us to suppose that large firms located in the Danish setting will be less likely to engage in employer–employee communication on staffing plans than their Norwegian counterparts. In addition, we argue that in the Danish context indigenous firms will have a better insight into the normative and cognitive aspects to flexicurity than foreign-owned firms, meaning that they are more likely to engage in institutional entrepreneurialism than their foreign owned counterparts. We supplement institutional theory with an actor perspective in order to take into account the role of labor unions. Our analysis is based on a survey of 203 firms in Norway and Denmark which are either indigenous multinational companies or the subsidiaries of foreign multinational companies. The differences we observe cause us to conclude that the notion of a common Nordic model is problematic.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherSage
JournalJournal of Industrial Relations
ISSN0022-1856
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Online23 May 2014
Print01 Apr 2015
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Deposited03 May 2016
Accepted01 Mar 2014
Output statusPublished
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Gooderham, P. N., Navrbjerg, S. E., Olsen, K. M., & Steen, C. R. (2015). The labor market regimes of Denmark and Norway – One Nordic model? Journal of Industrial Relations, 57(2), 166–186. Copyright © Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association
(ALERA) 2014. The published version of the article is available on SAGE Journals (http://online.sagepub.com): http://doi.org/10.1177/0022185614534103

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Published online before print May 23, 2014

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