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Challenges and opportunities of globalisation for an independent small manufacturer: a case study in Turkey’s shipyards

Cam, Surhan and Pelaz, Serap 2016. Challenges and opportunities of globalisation for an independent small manufacturer: a case study in Turkey’s shipyards. Journal of Organizational Ethnography 5 (3) , pp. 258-275. 10.1108/JOE-10-2015-0024

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Abstract

Drawing on an ethnographic case study, the present paper rectifies the lack of systematic research into the challenges of restructuring in Turkey’s shipbuilding industry for small manufacturers and their managerial responses. Inquiries are essentially predicated on unstructured conversations with the owner/manager of a shipyard investigated, workplace observations and supplementary conversations with employees as well as elite interviews with the portal authorities. To present the findings in a conceptual frame-work, the paper uses the word arabesque restructuring. The term refers to a fairly distinct combination of both detrimental and benign aspects of the restructuring in shipyards: The former is related to, for example, discrimination against small shipyards, patronage and inadequate regulations. Positive aspects include, among others, investment diversification and strategised retention. They also encompass the rebuttal of a reputedly intrinsic link between shorter hours and work-life balance in addition to the magnitude of companies and becoming globalised.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Globalization, SMEs, Turkey, Restructuring, Managerial strategies, Shipyards
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN: 2046-6749
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 October 2016
Date of Acceptance: 2 August 2016
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 05:27
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/95562

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