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From Employment Relations to Consumption Relations: Balancing Labor Governance in Global Supply Chains

Human Resource Management, Forthcoming

45 Pages Posted: 12 May 2013  

Jimmy Donaghey

University of Warwick - Industrial Relations & Organisational Behaviour (IROB) Subject Group

Juliane Reinecke

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School

Christina Niforou

University of Birmingham - Birmingham Business School

Benn Lawson

University of Cambridge - Judge Business School

Date Written: May 11, 2013

Abstract

Global supply chains are part of the corporate strategy of many multinational companies, with often adverse effects on labor conditions. While employment relations scholars focus on a production-oriented paradigm, revolving around interactions between employers, workers, and government, much of the activism motivating the development of private labor standards is based around companies’ relations with their consumers. This paper proposes an analytical framework conceptualizing the interface of employment relations and consumption relations within global supply chains, identifying four regimes of labor governance: governance gaps, collective bargaining, standards markets, and complementary regimes. Finally, we suggest a research agenda for examining the role of consumption relations in the changing nature of global labor governance.

Keywords: consumer, employment relations, global supply chains, labor governance, private regulation, transnational governance

Suggested Citation

Donaghey, Jimmy and Reinecke, Juliane and Niforou, Christina and Lawson, Benn, From Employment Relations to Consumption Relations: Balancing Labor Governance in Global Supply Chains (May 11, 2013). Human Resource Management, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2263641

Jimmy Donaghey

University of Warwick - Industrial Relations & Organisational Behaviour (IROB) Subject Group ( email )

Coventry, CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

Juliane Reinecke (Contact Author)

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School ( email )

Gibbet Hill Rd.
Coventry, West Midlands CV4 8UW
United Kingdom

Christina Niforou

University of Birmingham - Birmingham Business School ( email )

Edgbaston Park Road
Birmingham, B15 2TY
United Kingdom

Benn Lawson

University of Cambridge - Judge Business School ( email )

Trumpington Street
Cambridge, CB2 1AG
United Kingdom

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