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Employment relations in German multinational companies in the UK and the future of the German model: empirical evidence on country-of-origin effects and industry internationalisation

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  • Heinz-Josef Tuselmann
  • Arne Heise
  • Frank McDonald
  • Matthew Allen

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Interest has grown in the significance of the country-of-origin impact on the Employment Relations (ER) approaches in the international subsidiaries of Multinational Companies (MNCs). In this article, a comparative cross-sectional analysis of German subsidiaries with indigenous UK firms will be provided. The central issues concern the extent to which German MNCs in deregulated Anglo-American industrial relations settings draw on the German ER model, adjust to the host-country context or adopt current 'best practice' prescriptions frequently associated with leading US MNCs. Here, the key questions are: How and to what extent do different industry-specific forces interrelate with country-of-origin effects and pressures to adopt 'best practice' approaches to shape subsidiary ER outcomes?

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Article provided by Inderscience Enterprises Ltd in its journal Int. J. of Public Policy.

Volume (Year): 5 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 390-408

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Handle: RePEc:ids:ijpubp:v:5:y:2010:i:4:p:390-408

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Keywords: industrial relations; multinational corporations; MNCs; internationalisation; Germany; UK; United Kingdom; country-of-origin impact; international subsidiaries; employment relations; comparative analysis; deregulation; USA; United States; best practice; industry-specific forces; pressures to adopt; public policy; governance.;

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