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Identity work: sustaining transnational collective action at General Motors Europe

Greer, Ian and Hauptmeier, Marco 2012. Identity work: sustaining transnational collective action at General Motors Europe. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society 51 (2) , pp. 275-299. 10.1111/j.1468-232X.2012.00677.x

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Abstract

What are the conditions under which transnational collective action is initiated and sustained? This article presents a case study of General Motors Europe, where labor leaders have mobilized the workforce and bargained with management at the transnational level repeatedly over more than a decade as a response to management whipsawing and threats of plant closures. In contrast to structuralist interest-based theories of union behavior, we identify a process of "identity work" that was necessary to sustain transnational worker cooperation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
ISSN: 0019-8676
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:22
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/37587

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