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The New International Division of Labour in Asian Electronics: Work Organisation and Human Resources in Japan and Malaysia

Wilkinson, Barry, Gamble, Jos, Humphrey, John, Morris, Jonathan Llewellyn and Anthony, Douglas William 2001. The New International Division of Labour in Asian Electronics: Work Organisation and Human Resources in Japan and Malaysia. Journal of Management Studies 38 (5) , pp. 675-695. 10.1111/1467-6486.00254

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Abstract

This article documents and analyses the organization of work and human resources management in ten manufacturing plants in Malaysia and three plants in Japan. Each of the plants carries out specific tasks within an emergent international division of labour surrounding two Japanese multinational producers of consumer electronics goods. Plant roles reflect their positions in commodity chains driven by the multinationals, varying in relation to product-to-product and component-to-component divisions of labour, and in relation to the location of product and process innovations. How work is organized and how workers are managed are explained by the location of each plant within this division of labour, and by the characteristics and situation of labour, the one commodity which talks back, within the local environment.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
ISSN: 14676486
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:47
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/2645

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