Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics

, Volume 148, Issue 4, pp 557–595 | Cite as

The ‘new firm paradigm’ and the provision of training: The impact of ICT, workplace organization and human capital

  • Heinz Hollenstein
  • Tobias Stucki
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The paper analyzes the relevance of the three constituent elements of the ‘new firm paradigm’, i.e. ICT, workplace organization and human capital, as determinants of a firm’s provision of training. We concentrate on apprenticeship training, which in German-speaking countries is a widespread practice of skill formation. Econometric studies dealing with a firm’s provision of apprenticeships so far did not pay much attention to the influence of a shift towards the new paradigm. We find that apprenticeship training is an appropriate way of skill formation in advanced economies, but this may not be the case in leading-edge segments of the economy.


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Firm-based training Apprenticeship ICT Workplace organization Human capital formation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heinz Hollenstein
    • 1
  • Tobias Stucki
    • 1
  1. 1.ETH ZurichKOF Swiss Economic InstituteZurichSwitzerland

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