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Multinationals, Institutions and the Construction of Transnational Practices
 
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Multinationals, Institutions and the Construction of Transnational Practices
Convergence and Diversity in the Global Economy
 
 
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15 Mar 2006
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This volume explores how multinational companies transfer policies, practices and organizational structures across national borders. It brings together contributions from some of the foremost experts in the field of employment relations. Strong empirical material on employment relations and the management of human resources is combined with an innovative and questioning theoretical approach. The essays cover topics as diverse as the transfer of employment practices within Europe, the relationship between multinationals and supranational regulation, and the impact of national business systems on the way in which firms internationalize their activity. Taken together, the essays advance comparative institutionalist theory as a way of understanding multinational behaviour, while incorporating a sensitivity to power and interests, both at the macro-level of the global economic system, and at the micro-level of the multinational itself. The volume provides an invaluable counterpoint to north American approaches to multinationals and employment relations predominant in the international business literature.


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This volume explores how multinational companies transfer policies, practices and organizational structures across national borders. It brings together contributions from some of the foremost experts in the field of employment relations. Strong empirical material on employment relations and the management of human resources is combined with an innovative and questioning theoretical approach. The essays cover topics as diverse as the transfer of employment practices within Europe, the relationship between multinationals and supranational regulation, and the impact of national business systems on the way in which firms internationalize their activity. Taken together, the essays advance comparative institutionalist theory as a way of understanding multinational behaviour, while incorporating a sensitivity to power and interests, both at the macro-level of the global economic system, and at the micro-level of the multinational itself. The volume provides an invaluable counterpoint to north American approaches to multinationals and employment relations predominant in the international business literature.


Reviews

'...the volume is well wirtten and coherent.  It raises some important questions and makes an important theoretical and empirical contribution.' - British Journal of Industrial Relations 46:1 March 08


Contents

Introduction: Multinationals and the Multilevel Politics of Cross-National Diffusion; A.Ferner, J.Quintanilla & C.Sánchez-Runde
Towards a Political Economy Framework: TNCs as National and Global Players; J.Bélanger & P.Edwards
Theorising the Role of the International Subsidiary: Transplants, Hybrids and Branch-Plants Revisited; T.Elger & C.Smith
Accommodating Global Capitalism? State Policy and Industrial Relations in American MNCs in Ireland; P.Gunnigle & D.G.Collings & M.J.Morley
Emerging Motivations for Global HRM Integration; S.Taylor
Patterns of Integration in American Multinational Subsidiaries in Europe; V.Pulignano
Who is Hybridizing What? Insights on MNCs' Employment Practices in Central Europe; G.Meardi & A.Tóth
Globalization and Labour Market Segmentation: The Impact of Global Production Networks on Employment Patterns of German and UK Clothing Firms; C.Lane & J.Probert
Global Networks or Global Firms? The Organizational Implications of the Internationalization of Law Firms; G.Morgan & S.Quack
Structuring the Transnational Space: Can Europe Resist Multinational Capital?; R.Hyman


Authors

ANTHONY FERNER is Professor of International Human Resource Management at Leicester Business School, De Montfort University, UK. He has conducted a number of major research projects on employment relations in multinationals and has published widely on the subject.

JAVIER QUINTANILLA is Associate Professor at IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Spain. His current research interests are the management of professional service firms and international human resource management, subjects in which he has published widely.

CARLOS SÁNCHEZ-RUNDE is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty at IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Spain. He has held teaching and research appointments in different countries, and is the author or co-author of several publications on personnel management, organizational innovation, and cross-cultural management.