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US Multi-Nationals and the German Industrial Relations System

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  • Ingo Singe

    (Hamburg University)

  • Richard Croucher

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    (Senior Research Fellow, Human Resource Research Centre, Cranfield School of Management)

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    This paper critically reviews literature on the behaviour of US-based Multi National Companies (MNCs) in Germany in relation to the historic institutions of the German labour market: works councils and industry wide collective bargaining. The German system is becoming increasingly company-rather than sectorally centred, and US-based companies have reinforced a wing of German employer opinion seeking to further these developments. Surveys show US-based companies generally accepting works councils and sectoral bargains but case study evidence also shows them seeking to weaken links with parts of the system external to the company. A typology is proposed and it is argued that many US-based companies appear to follow a ?formal compliance/content avoidance dichotomy? tending to exacerbate the system?s existing tendencies towards disarticulation. They also tend to explore all options available to them within the existing system. A research agenda is suggested.

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    Article provided by Rainer Hampp Verlag in its journal Management Revue - The international Review of Management Studies.

    Volume (Year): 16 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 123-137

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    Handle: RePEc:rai:mamere:1861-9908_mrev_2005_01_singe

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