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Management whipsawing: The staging of labor competition under globalization

Greer, Ian and Hauptmeier, Marco 2016. Management whipsawing: The staging of labor competition under globalization. ILR Review 69 (1) , pp. 29-52. 10.1177/0019793915602254

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This paper examines management whipsawing practices in the European auto industry based on more than 200 interviews and a comparison of three auto makers. We identify four distinct ways in which managers stage competition between plants to extract labor concessions: informal, hegemonic, coercive, and rule-based whipsawing. Practices at the three examined auto firms vary and change, we find, due to two factors: structural whipsawing capacity and management labor relations strategy. In the context of economic globalization whipsawing is an effective means for managers to extract concessions, to loosen national institutional constraints, and to diffuse employment practices internationally.

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
Additional Information: Published online before print August 25, 2015
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 2014
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 21:10

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