One Company, Diverse Workplaces: The Social Construction of Employment Practices in Western and Eastern Europe
Published on Aug. 31, 2010 in Books and edited volumes
One Company, Diverse Workplaces: The Social Construction of Employment Practices in Western and Eastern Europe, Palgrave Macmillan (2010), 280 pages
Presenting original empirical evidence gathered in five countries, this book provides an inquiry into the process through which multinational companies (MNCs) establish and reinforce their position in host-country labour markets. A particular focus is on the construction of employment practices in MNC subsidiaries across Western European and post-socialist Central and Eastern European host countries; and the assessment of their diversity across the subsidiaries of the same company. In the complex world of corporate and host-country influences, social interaction between MNCs and local actors, including employees, trade unions and the local society, is the underlying social mechanism through which employment practices are constructed. Integrating actors’ values, interests, behaviour and social interaction within the broader framework of the comparative institutional approach, this book is a direct response to recent literature’s call for systematic comparative analyses of processes and outcomes of politics inside MNCs and the relationship between management and employees in a cross-national perspective.