The extended business case for childcare and leave arrangements in Western and Eastern Europe

Laura den Dulk (Department of Public Administration, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Pascale Peters (Institute for Management Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Erik Poutsma (Institute for Management Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Paul E.M. Ligthart (Institute for Management Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

Baltic Journal of Management

ISSN: 1746-5265

Publication date: 18 May 2010

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to propose an “extended conceptualization of the business case” including both organizational characteristics and institutional conditions to analyse employer involvement in extra statutory childcare and leave arrangements. Special attention is given to Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries.

Design/methodology/approach

The (multi‐level) multinomial regression analyses included company‐level data on human‐resource practices of 2,865 firms nested in 19 countries, representing all European welfare state regimes.

Findings

The extended business case appeared fruitful in order to explain variations in employer involvement. Particularly, state support was found to be negatively related to employer involvement. In the liberal regime, employer involvement was high, but variations across organizations were significant. In CEE‐countries, employer involvement was lowest, and did not vary by organizational business‐case factors.

Research limitations/implications

The paper used data from a cross‐sectional survey. To capture the long‐term trends, dynamics and nuances in employer involvement within and across various institutional contexts, a longitudinal in depth study is needed.

Practical implications

While state support in many CEE countries is declining, the analyses showed that employers will not automatically step in by providing additional work‐family arrangements. Social partners could use institutional pressure to stimulate a balance between state support and employer involvement.

Originality/value

The extended business‐case perspective contributes to the theory on the institutional embeddedness of decision making of employers. Moreover, it adds to the knowledge on employer involvement in institutional contexts which have hardly been studied before.

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Citation

den Dulk, L., Peters, P., Poutsma, E. and Ligthart, P. (2010), "The extended business case for childcare and leave arrangements in Western and Eastern Europe", Baltic Journal of Management, Vol. 5 No. 2, pp. 156-184. https://doi.org/10.1108/17465261011045106

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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