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Financialisation and the management of people: are leveraged buyouts bad for intrinsic job quality?

Hoque, K., Bacon, N. ORCID: 0000-0002-1031-1246, Boodoo, U. & Wright, M. (2023). Financialisation and the management of people: are leveraged buyouts bad for intrinsic job quality?. Human Resource Management Journal, 33(3), pp. 728-747. doi: 10.1111/1748-8583.12509


This paper provides the first nationally representative assessment of intrinsic job quality in leveraged buyouts (LBOs). We propose a workforce re-contracting perspective, which views LBOs as having negative implications for some aspects of intrinsic job quality (job demands) but positive implications for others (job resources), and employee wellbeing and affective outcomes that are no different than in comparable non-LBOs. Our empirical findings support this perspective. Nevertheless, we find some evidence that certain LBO types have more negative implications for specific elements of intrinsic job quality than others. However, our overall findings contribute towards studies suggesting that the impact of LBOs on employees is modest, while also highlighting the varying implications of different LBO types for employees.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher Keywords: commitment, financialisation, job quality, job satisfaction, leveraged buyout, participation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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