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Multinational corporations and industrial relations research: A road less travelled

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dc.contributor.author Collings, David G. en
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-12T13:18:08Z en
dc.date.available 2010-03-12T13:18:08Z en
dc.date.issued 2008 en
dc.identifier.citation Collings, D.G. (2008) Multinational corporations and industrial relations research: A road less travelled. "Journal of Management Reviews" 10(2) 173-193 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/764 en
dc.description.abstract While there is a large body of academic debate surrounding human resource management issues in MNCs, industrial relations issues often fail to receive the same degree of attention. This paper attempts to move the debate forward by critically reviewing some of the key debates surrounding industrial relations (IR) in an international context. Firstly, some key themes surrounding the comparison of industrial relations across borders and IR in multinational companies are delineated and defined. We then consider the reasons why an international IR (IIR) perspective has been under-represented in the literature to date. The paper then explores the contribution which an international IR perspective can bring to the study of management practices in MNCs. This is discussed in terms of IIR¿s potential contribution in terms of an alternative analytical approach and also differences in its substantive coverage. The impact of IR systems on MNC location and relocation decisions, key issues for employees, trade unions and managers of MNCs, is then discussed as an example of the former. We then consider the potential for, and evidence of, international collective bargaining as a potential counter-balance to the power the MNC in the global environment as an example of a differing area of substantive coverage of IIR. Finally some avenues for potential study are outlined. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Wiley en
dc.subject International en
dc.subject Comparative en
dc.subject Industrial relations en
dc.subject International collective bargaining en
dc.subject MNCs en
dc.subject Location en
dc.subject Relocation en
dc.subject.lcsh Industrial Relations en
dc.subject.lcsh Human Resource Management en
dc.subject.lcsh Multinational business enterprises en
dc.title Multinational corporations and industrial relations research: A road less travelled en
dc.type Article en
dc.local.publishedsource http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2370.2007.00223.x en
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en

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