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Layoffs in Large U.S. Firms from the Perspective of Senior Managers

Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management

ISBN: 978-0-76231-327-3, eISBN: 978-1-84950-426-3

ISSN: 0742-7301

Publication date: 18 September 2006

Abstract

This paper uses data on over 4,600 layoff announcements in the U.S., covering each firm that ever existed in the Fortune 500 between 1970 and 2000, along with 40 interviews of senior managers in 2001 and 2002 to describe layoffs in large U.S. firms over this period. In order to motivate further work in the area, I investigate six main issues related to layoffs: timing of layoffs, reasons for layoffs, the actual execution of layoffs, international workers, labor unions, and the types of workers by occupation and compensation categories. The paper draws on literature from many fields to help further understand these issues.

Citation

Hallock, K.F. (2006), "Layoffs in Large U.S. Firms from the Perspective of Senior Managers", Martocchio, J.J. (Ed.) Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management (Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, Vol. 25), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 137-179. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0742-7301(06)25004-7

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