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

Greer, Ian and Hauptmeier, Marco 2008. Political entrepreneurs and co-managers: labour transnationalism at four multinational auto companies. British Journal of Industrial Relations 46 (1) , pp. 76-97. 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
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
ISSN: 0007-1080
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:19
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/19753

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