Varieties of Multinationals: Adapting Employment Practices in Central Eastern Europe

23 Pages Posted: 12 May 2009

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Guglielmo Meardi

Warwick Business School - Industrial Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group

Paul Marginson

Warwick Business School

Michael Fichter

Free University of Berlin (FUB)

Marcin Frybes

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Miroslav Stanojevic

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Andrea Toth

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

“Home-country effects” on multinational companies’ practices abroad are assessed by comparing twelve German- and U.S.-owned plants within the same sector in the “institutionally permissive” Poland, Hungary, and Slovenia. Differences are detected on functional flexibility, corporate culture and working time, but not on participation. Work organization seems more integral to national productive models than industrial relations. Moreover, considerable intramodel variation reflects product- and labor-market contingencies. The results support the interpretation of national models as internally heterogeneous and dynamic.

Suggested Citation

Meardi, Guglielmo and Marginson, Paul and Fichter, Michael and Frybes, Marcin and Stanojevic, Miroslav and Toth, Andrea, Varieties of Multinationals: Adapting Employment Practices in Central Eastern Europe. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 48, Issue 3, pp. 489-511, July 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1402973 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2009.00570.x

Guglielmo Meardi (Contact Author)

Warwick Business School - Industrial Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group ( email )

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Paul Marginson

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Michael Fichter

Free University of Berlin (FUB) ( email )

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Marcin Frybes

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Miroslav Stanojevic

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Andrea Toth

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