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IZA DP No. 1265
High Performance Workplace Practicesand Job Satisfaction: Evidence from Europe
Thomas K. Bauer
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Forschungsinstitutzur Zukunft der ArbeitInstitute for the Studyof Labor
August 2004
High Performance WorkplacePractices and Job Satisfaction:Evidence from Europe
Thomas K. Bauer 
RWI Essen, Ruhr University of Bochum,CEPR and IZA Bonn
Discussion Paper No. 1265 August 2004
IZAP.O. Box 724053072 BonnGermanyPhone: +49-228-3894-0Fax: +49-228-3894-180Email:iza@iza.org  Any
opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and not those of the institute. Researchdisseminated by IZA may include views on policy, but the institute itself takes no institutional policypositions.The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn is a local and virtual international research center and a place of communication between science, politics and business. IZA is an independent nonprofitcompany supported by Deutsche Post World Net. The center is associated with the University of Bonnand offers a stimulating research environment through its research networks, research support, andvisitors and doctoral programs. IZA engages in (i) original and internationally competitive research inall fields of labor economics, (ii) development of policy concepts, and (iii) dissemination of researchresults and concepts to the interested public.IZA Discussion Papers often represent preliminary work and are circulated to encourage discussion.Citation of such a paper should account for its provisional character. A revised version may beavailable directly from the author.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1265 August 2004
ABSTRACTHigh Performance Workplace Practices andJob Satisfaction: Evidence from Europe
Using individual data from the European Survey on Working Conditions (ESWC) covering allEU member states, this study aimed at contributing to our understanding of the effects of High Performance Workplace Organizations (HPWOs) on worker's job satisfaction. Theestimation results show that a higher involvement of workers in HPWOs is associated withhigher job satisfaction. This positive effect is dominated by the involvement of workers inflexible work systems, indicating that workers particularly value the opportunities associatedwith these systems, such as an increased autonomy over how to perform their tasks, andincreased communication with co-workers. Being involved in team work and job rotations aswell as supporting human resource practices appear to contribute relatively little to theincreased job satisfaction from being involved in HPWOs.JEL Classification: J24, J5, L23, M11Keywords: High Performance Workplace Organization, job satisfactionThomas K. Bauer RWI EssenHohenzollernstr. 1-345128 EssenGermanyEmail:Bauer@rwi-essen.de 
I want to thank Martin Schellhorn and two anonymous referees for their helpful comments on anearlier draft of the paper.

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