Policies on Union Representation in Us Multinationals in the UK: Between Micro-Politics and Macro-Institutions

26 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2005

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Anthony Ferner

De Montfort University

Philip Almond

De Montfort University - Leicester Business School

Trevor Colling

De Montfort University - Department of Human Resource Management

Abstract

This paper examines the policies towards unions and collective representation in US multinationals in the UK. It uses detailed case-study data to argue that the dominant 'ideological norms' of anti-unionism in the US business system shape, but do not determine, the behaviour of US multinational subsidiaries in the UK. Within the structural constraints determined by such factors as sector, subsidiary policy and behaviour towards unions are the outcome of the complex interaction of the contrasting 'macro-institutional' forces of home and host business systems, and how these are filtered through the perceptions and interests of actors at different levels of the multinational. The resulting 'micro-politics' generates a complex and evolving pattern of union relations and non-unionism in US subsidiaries.

Suggested Citation

Ferner, Anthony and Almond, Philip and Colling, Trevor, Policies on Union Representation in Us Multinationals in the UK: Between Micro-Politics and Macro-Institutions. British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 43, No. 4, pp. 703-728, December 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=856616 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8543.2005.00480.x

Anthony Ferner (Contact Author)

De Montfort University ( email )

Leicester Business School Department of HRM
Leicester LE1 9BH
United Kingdom

Philip Almond

De Montfort University - Leicester Business School ( email )

Milton Keynes, MK7 6HP
United Kingdom

Trevor Colling

De Montfort University - Department of Human Resource Management ( email )

Leicester, LE1 9BH
United Kingdom
+44 116 250 6135 (Phone)
+44 116 250 6255 (Fax)

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