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One Company, Diverse Workplaces
The Social Construction of Employment Practices in Western and Eastern Europe
 
 
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27 Aug 2010
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In the complex world of corporate and host-country influences, social interaction between multinational and local actors, including employees, trade unions and the local society, is the underlying social mechanism through which employment practices are constructed. This focus is a conceptual amendment to the comparative institutionalist perspective on multinationals, integrating actors' values, interests, behaviour, and social interaction within the broader framework of the comparative institutional approach.

This book provides an inquiry into the process through which multinational companies establish and reinforce their position in host-country labour markets. A particular focus is on the construction of employment practices in multinationals' subsidiaries across Western European and post-socialist Central and Eastern European host countries; and the assessment of their diversity across the subsidiaries of the same company.

Presenting original empirical evidence gathered in five countries, it is a direct response to recent literature's call for systematic comparative analyses of processes and outcomes of politics inside multinational firms and the relationship between management and employees in a cross-national perspective.


Description


In the complex world of corporate and host-country influences, social interaction between multinational and local actors, including employees, trade unions and the local society, is the underlying social mechanism through which employment practices are constructed. This focus is a conceptual amendment to the comparative institutionalist perspective on multinationals, integrating actors' values, interests, behaviour, and social interaction within the broader framework of the comparative institutional approach.

This book provides an inquiry into the process through which multinational companies establish and reinforce their position in host-country labour markets. A particular focus is on the construction of employment practices in multinationals' subsidiaries across Western European and post-socialist Central and Eastern European host countries; and the assessment of their diversity across the subsidiaries of the same company.

Presenting original empirical evidence gathered in five countries, it is a direct response to recent literature's call for systematic comparative analyses of processes and outcomes of politics inside multinational firms and the relationship between management and employees in a cross-national perspective.


Contents


Introduction:
Multinationals and Employment Practices Across Europe
Constructing Employment Practices in Mncs: A Framework for Analysis
One Multinational, Four Host Countries: On Diversity in Subsidiary Employment Practices
Channelling Corporate Values and Interests: Social Interaction within the Multinational Company
Building a Local Corporate Presence: Social Interaction Between the MNC and Local Societies
From Bargaining to Dancing: Social Interaction Between the Multinational Company and Local Trade Unions
The Social Foundations of Trade Union Influence: Cross-Border Interaction of Trade Unions and the European Works Council
Accounting for Diversity: Company Interests, Host-Country Effects and Social Interaction
Conclusions: Multinationals, Employment Practices and Institutional Change from Below


Authors

MARTA KAHANCOVÁ is a research fellow at the Central European Labour Studies institute in Bratislava, Slovakia and a visiting assistant professor at the Department of Political Science, Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Her research interests include multinational firms, industrial relations, civil society and work-related migration. In 2006 and 2008, Marta was a doctoral and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. She earned her PhD. in Social Sciences in 2007 at the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her dissertation received the 2009 award of the Dutch Sociological Association.