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Approaches to International Industrial Relations in Chinese Multinational Corporations


  • Jie Shen

    () (Monash University, Faculty of Business and Economics, Department of Management)


Using a longitudinal case study approach this study examines the approaches to international industrial relations (IIR) in eleven Chinese multinational corporations MNCs. It reveals that the Chinese MNCs adopted an integrative approach to IIR, combining both the home and host country industrial relations (IR) systems. The extent of home-based or host-based IR was dependent on the MNC’s bargaining power, which was determined by the size of the subsidiaries, their abilities to transfer knowledge and technology, and their reliance on the host market. International experience and industry also affected IIR approaches. The practical implications of the findings are discussed.

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  • Jie Shen, 2007. "Approaches to International Industrial Relations in Chinese Multinational Corporations," management revue. Socio-economic Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 18(4), pages 410-426.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:mamere:doi_10.1688/1861-9908_mrev_2007_04_shen

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    International Industrial Relations (IIR); Labour Relations; Labour Standards; Multinational Corporation (MNCs);

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General


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