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Special Issue on “international industrial relations“ in ILR Review published with an article by Prof. Dr. Elke Schuessler and colleagues

News vom 09.05.2016

The ILR Review published a special issue on “international industrial relations“ (May 2016, Vol. 69, No. 3) with an article by Prof. Dr. Elke Schuessler and colleagues.

Markus O. Helfen, Elke Schüßler, and Dimitris Stevis: Translating European Labor Relations Practices to the United States Through Global Framework Agreements? German and Swedish Multinationals Compared

Abstract: Extensive research has shown that European multinational enterprises (MNEs) have a propensity to avoid collective employee representation when going abroad. This study investigates whether Global Framework Agreements (GFAs) can reverse this pattern by comparing how four European MNEs—two from Germany and two from Sweden—implement GFAs in the United States, a country with weak collective representation rights. The authors find that an MNE’s home country labor relations (LR) system mediates whether GFAs support collective representation in the United States. Sweden’s monistic LR system, in which unions are the dominant organizations legally representing workers, gives unions the power to directly influence the negotiation and implementation of GFAs. By contrast, Germany’s dualistic LR system, in which unions and works councils share worker representation, weakens the influence of unions on implementing the GFA. MNEs’ home country LR systems thus influence how transnational instruments are used to improve collective representation in host countries.

Further articles in this special issue:

Paul Marginson: Editorial Essay: Introduction to the International Theme of the May 2016 Issue

Bruno Amable: The Political Economy of the Neoliberal Transformation of French Industrial Relations

Virginia Doellgast, Katja Sarmiento-Mirwaldt, and Chiara Benassi: Contesting Firm Boundaries: Institutions, Cost Structures, and the Politics of Externalization

Martin Behrens and Andreas Pekarek: Between Strategy and Unpredictability: Negotiated Decision Making in German Union Mergers

Valeria Pulignano, Nadja Doerflinger, and Fabio De Franceschi: Flexibility and Security within European Labor Markets: The Role of Local Bargaining and the “Trade-Offs” within Multinationals’ Subsidiaries in Belgium, Britain, and Germany

Argyro Avgoustaki: Work Uncertainty and Extensive Work Effort: The Mediating Role of Human Resource Practices

Simon Oertel, Kirsten Thommes, and Peter Walgenbach: Shadows of the Past: The Effect of Communist Heritage on Employee Consultation

Stijn Baert, Ann-Sophie De Pauw, and Nick Deschacht: Do Employer Preferences Contribute to Sticky Floors?

Youjin Hahn and Hee-Seung Yang: Do Work Decisions among Young Adults Respond to Extended Dependent Coverage?


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