Employment Relations at the Workplace Level in China: Two Contrasting Cases

25 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2011

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University of London, Royal Holloway College, School of Management

Chris Smith

University of London, Royal Holloway College, School of Management

Date Written: March 1, 2010

Abstract

This paper explores the pressures of standardisation and differentiation in employment relations in China. Using case studies from two companies that share the same ownership, industry, size, location and labour market, the paper will show that, despite moves by the state and internationalisation of production to standardise employment relations in different ways, there continues to be an opening at the workplace level to construct very different employment and worker relations.

Keywords: Employment relations, dual-pressure, relative autonomy, Multinational Corporation, China

Suggested Citation

Zheng, Yu and Smith, Chris, Employment Relations at the Workplace Level in China: Two Contrasting Cases (March 1, 2010). Royal Holloway, University of London, School of Management Working Paper No. 1001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1804986 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1804986

Yu Zheng (Contact Author)

University of London, Royal Holloway College, School of Management ( email )

Egham
Surrey, Egham TW20 8DG
United Kingdom

Chris Smith

University of London, Royal Holloway College, School of Management ( email )

Egham
Surrey, Egham TW20 8DG
United Kingdom

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