Dynamism and Embeddedness: Towards a Lower Road? British Subsidiaries of American Multinationals

21 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2004

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Ian Clark

De Montfort University

Philip Almond

De Montfort University - Leicester Business School

Abstract

This article examines the effects of changes in the dynamics of the American national business system on industrial relations settlements in the UK subsidiaries of American multinational corporations (MNCs). While institutionalist analyses of country-of-origin and host-country effects must take account of changes in national business systems, such as the rise of the shareholder value ideology in the USA, empirical analysis reveals a pattern of pathway adjustment rather than radical change in employment relations at the UK subsidiary level. This suggests that although US MNCs are embedded within the American business system, their subsidiaries are not passive ciphers but autonomous sites through which influences must pass.

Suggested Citation

Clark, Ian and Almond, Philip, Dynamism and Embeddedness: Towards a Lower Road? British Subsidiaries of American Multinationals. Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 35, No. 6, pp. 536-556, November 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=618293

Ian Clark (Contact Author)

De Montfort University ( email )

The Gateway
Leicester, LE1 9BH
United Kingdom

Philip Almond

De Montfort University - Leicester Business School ( email )

Milton Keynes, MK7 6HP
United Kingdom

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