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Human Resource Management and Labour Union Strategies: Survey Results from French Multinationals Located in Central and Eastern Europe

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  • Patrick Dieuaide
  • Violaine Delteil

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Based on a series of field surveys conducted among a cross-section of eight French MNCs located in three Central and Eastern European countries (Hungary, Slovakia, Romania) and present in three sectors of activity (energy, car industry, food-processing), the present paper offers some evidence for understanding the impact of trans-nationalization of production on the re-composition of Industrial Relations rules and practices. By exploring the new layout of Human Resources policies in MNCs, it stresses the growing incursion of those policies in the very field of industrial relations, and consequently the affirmation of a new paradigm of social dialogue we propose to call “managerial social dialogue”. By focusing on the strategies of Labor Unions at national and EU levels, it also provides some indications of obstacles to the consolidation of the European Social Model whose institutional process remains largely incomplete. Finally, our principal results offer support to some political and theoretical considerations that are linked to the very current processes of globalization.

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  • Patrick Dieuaide & Violaine Delteil, 2010. "Human Resource Management and Labour Union Strategies: Survey Results from French Multinationals Located in Central and Eastern Europe," Economic Studies journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 2, pages 27-53.
  • Handle: RePEc:bas:econst:y:2010:i:2:p:27-53
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    1. Bruce E. Kaufman, 2008. "Paradigms in Industrial Relations: Original, Modern and Versions In-between," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 46(2), pages 314-339, June.
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    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
    • M54 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Labor Management

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