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Employee Representation and Consultative Voice in Multinational Companies Operating in Britain


  • Paul Marginson
  • Paul Edwards
  • Tony Edwards
  • Anthony Ferner
  • Olga Tregaskis


Multinational companies (MNCs) from different countries of origin are widely held to have distinct preferences regarding the presence of employee representative structures and the form that employee 'voice' over management decisions takes. Such preferences are said to derive from the national models that prevail in the different countries of origin in which MNCs are based. Findings from a large-scale survey of the UK operations of MNCs indicate that country-of-origin influences on patterns of employee representation and emphasis on direct or indirect channels of employee 'voice' are attenuated by other factors, notably sector and method of growth. They also reveal significant recent innovation in representation and voice arrangements by this key group of employers. Copyright (c) Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2009.

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  • Paul Marginson & Paul Edwards & Tony Edwards & Anthony Ferner & Olga Tregaskis, 2010. "Employee Representation and Consultative Voice in Multinational Companies Operating in Britain," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 48(1), pages 151-180, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:brjirl:v:48:y:2010:i:1:p:151-180

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    1. Elger, Tony & Smith, Chris, 2005. "Assembling Work: Remaking Factory Regimes in Japanese Multinationals in Britain," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199241514.
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    1. Gregory Jackson & Sarosh Kuruvilla & Carola Frege, 2013. "Across Boundaries: The Global Challenges Facing Workers and Employment Research 50th Anniversary Special Issue," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 51(3), pages 425-439, September.
    2. Dörrenbächer, Christoph & Gammelgaard, Jens & McDonald, Frank & Stephan, Andreas & Tüselmann, Heinz, 2013. "Staffing foreign subsidiaries with parent country nationals or host country nationals? Insights from European subsidiaries," Working Papers 74, Berlin School of Economics and Law, Institute of Management Berlin (IMB).

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