Business volatility and employee performance

Wen-Chyuan Chiang (Collins College of Business, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA)
Li Sun (Collins College of Business, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA)
Brian R. Walkup (Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, USA)

American Journal of Business

ISSN: 1935-5181

Publication date: 6 August 2018

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of business volatility on employee performance.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors use regression analysis to examine the authors’ research question.

Findings

The results suggest that business volatility has a significant and positive impact on employee performance. Furthermore, the authors find that the relationship between business volatility and employee performance is stronger for larger firms and firms with higher labor intensity.

Originality/value

The study links and contributes to two streams of literature: employee/labor cost management from the accounting literature and business volatility from the management literature. Whether business volatility affects employee performance remains an interesting question that has not been definitively answered empirically. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first empirical study that directly examines the relationship between business volatility and employee performance at the firm level.

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Citation

Chiang, W., Sun, L. and Walkup, B. (2018), "Business volatility and employee performance", American Journal of Business, Vol. 33 No. 3, pp. 96-119. https://doi.org/10.1108/AJB-03-2018-0007

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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