Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management
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Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management

Second Edition

Edited by Chris Brewster, Wolfgang Mayrhofer and Elaine Farndale

This second, updated and extended edition of the Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management draws on the work of many of the world’s leading researchers in the field to present the state of the art to scholars, students and practitioners. The Handbook provides a detailed focus on the theoretical underpinnings of Comparative HRM, on comparative studies of specific areas of HRM practice and on the unique features of HRM in all the main regions of the world.
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Chapter 13: Positive and negative application of flexible working time arrangements: comparing the United States of America and the EU countries

Lonnie Golden, Stephen Sweet and Heejung Chung


This chapter explores flexible work schedule practices as they vary among individuals, organisations, and nations, and explains reasons for the observed variations. The authors argue that depending on the metric used, flexibility can be seen as widely available, or as seriously constrained or limited. They also consider the connection between flexible working and work_family harmonisation. Concluding, the chapter notes that, particularly among European nations, the industrial relations context, such as collective bargaining institutions, and the prevalence of service and public sectors, influence the diffusion of working time flexibility practices across organisations and countries.

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