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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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  • Heinz-Josef Tuselmann & Arne Heise & Frank McDonald & Matthew Allen, 2010. "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," International Journal of Public Policy, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 5(4), pages 390-408.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijpubp:v:5:y:2010:i:4:p:390-408
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