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Downsizing the danwei: Chinese state-enterprise reform and the surplus labour question

Hassard, John, Morris, Jonathan Llewellyn, Sheehan, Jackie and Yuxin, Xiao 2006. Downsizing the danwei: Chinese state-enterprise reform and the surplus labour question. International Journal of Human Resource Management 17 (8) , pp. 1441-1455. 10.1080/09585190600804648

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The Chinese economic reform process has engendered significant changes in the structure and management of work organizations. Central to the process has been the ‘corporatization’ of the danwei, or state-owned enterprises (SOEs). This paper examines the progress made in the current round of state-enterprise corporate reform – based on the Modern Enterprise and Group Company systems – and extends this to discuss the major social consequences of such large-scale enterprise restructuring. Drawing on interview data from eight large SOEs in the steel industry, we assess the extent to which the aims of reducing government interference in the running of SOEs, developing a sense of enterprise, and achieving cost reductions and productivity improvements through large-scale workforce reductions can be achieved in the present reform-induced climate of labour unrest and incipient political instability.

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 > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Uncontrolled Keywords: State-owned enterprises; China; restructuring; steel industry; labour unrest
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0958-5192
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:27

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