American Multinationals in Europe: Managing Employment Relations Across National Borders

Hardcover | September 25, 2006

EditorPhil Almond, Anthony Ferner

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Some of the key questions in employment relations, comparative business, and globalization revolve around the extent to which businesses embody a national business system, and what happens when these employment models are exported to other national settings. By exploring the variety of ways inwhich US multinationals deal with these issues, and their reception, when operating in Europe, Phil Almond, Anthony Ferner, and their contributors examine the interaction between globalization and national 'Varieties of Capitalism'.Using the findings of a four-year international exploration of the management of employment relations in US multinationals in the UK, Germany, Ireland, and Spain, this book examines what is distinctively 'American' about these companies, and how this notion is exported. The process is shown to beone that is not a technical managerial one, but one that is highly political, and 'negotiated', in which groups and individuals at different levels within the company try to influence the terms of transfer. These questions are not only of theoretical importance, but also of practical significance in terms of the transfer of management knowledge and 'best practice'. The book will be of interest to academics, researchers, and advanced students of HRM, International Business, and Organization Studies, aswell as HR practitioners concerned with US multinationals operating in Europe.

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Some of the key questions in employment relations, comparative business, and globalization revolve around the extent to which businesses embody a national business system, and what happens when these employment models are exported to other national settings. By exploring the variety of ways inwhich US multinationals deal with these iss...

Phil Almond is a Reader in Human Resource Management at Leicester Business School, De Montfort University. His published research interests include labour management in MNCs, comparative industrial and employment relations, wage determination systems, gender pay inequality, comparative methodology and the effects of corporate governan...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:September 25, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199274630

ISBN - 13:9780199274635

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PART I INTRODUCTION1. Anthony Ferner and Phil Almond: Introduction: American Multinationals and the Cross-national Management of Employment Relations2. Anthony Ferner and Anne Tempel: Multinationals and National Business Systems: a 'Power and Institutions' PerspectivePART II THE CONTEXT3. Ian Clark and Phil Almond: Overview of the US Business System4. Tony Edwards, Paddy Gunnigle, Javier Quintanilla and Hartmut Wachter: Overview of the Host Business Systems5. Peter Butler, David Collings, Ren? Peters, and Javier Quintanilla: The Case Study Companies in their Organizational ContextPART III THE FINDINGS: EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS POLICIES AND PRACTICES6. Trevor Colling, Paddy Gunnigle, Javier Quintanilla, and Anne Tempel: Collective Representation and Participation7. Phil Almond, Michael Muller-Camen, David Collings and Javier Quintanilla: Pay and Performance8. Anthony Ferner, Michael Morley, Michael Muller-Camen and Lourdes Susaeta: Workforce Diversity Policies9. Peter Butler, David Collings, Ren? Peters, and Javier Quintanilla: The Management of Managerial CareersPART IV THE FINDINGS: STRUCTURE, PROCESS, AND DYNAMICS10. Anthony Ferner, Paddy Gunnigle, Javier Quintanilla, Hartmut Wachter and Tony Edwards: Centralization11. Tony Edwards, David Collings, Javier Quintanilla and Anne Tempel: Innovation and the Transfer of Organizational Learning12. Hartmut Wachter, Rene Peters, Anthony Ferner, Paddy Gunnigle and Javier Quintanilla: The Role of the International Personnel Function13. Phil Almond, Trevor Colling, Tony Edwards and Anthony Ferner: Conclusions