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Political entrepreneurs and co-managers: Labour transnationalism at four multinational auto companies

Political entrepreneurs and co-managers: Labour transnationalism at four multinational auto companies

Greer, Ian and Marco, Hauptmeier (2008) Political entrepreneurs and co-managers: Labour transnationalism at four multinational auto companies. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 46 (1). pp. 76-97. ISSN 0007-1080 (Print), 1467-8543 (Online) (doi:10.1111/j.1467-8543.2007.00667.x)

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Abstract

This article examines labour transnationalism within four multinational automakers. In our sample, we find different forms of labour transnationalism, including transnational collective bargaining, mobilization, information exchange and social codes of conduct. We explain the differences through the interaction between management and labour in the context of the company structure; of particular importance are transnational coercive comparisons by
management and the orientations of worker representatives as political entrepreneurs or co-managers. We conclude that, although intensified worker-side cross-border co-operation has not prevented wage-based competition in general (due to the lack of between-firm co-ordination), it has reshaped employment relations within these multinational corporations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Article first published online: 5 February 2008. [2] Issue published online: 5 February 2008. [3] Published in print: March 2008. [4] Published as: British Journal of Industrial Relations, (2008), Vol. 46, (1), pp. 76–97.
Uncontrolled Keywords: labour transnationalism, automotive industry, trade unionism, globalization
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Faculty of Business > Work & Employment Research Unit
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:20
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/8062

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