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Assembling WorkRemaking Factory Regimes in Japanese Multinationals in Britain$
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Tony Elger and Chris Smith

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199241514

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199241514.001.0001

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Researching Japanese Subsidiaries: The Strategy of Multiple Case-study Research

Researching Japanese Subsidiaries: The Strategy of Multiple Case-study Research

(p.81) CHAPTER 5 Researching Japanese Subsidiaries: The Strategy of Multiple Case-study Research
Assembling Work

Tony Elger (Contributor Webpage)

Chris Smith (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines the logic of the research design and the research methods used to study the operations of five Japanese subsidiaries in Britain. It reviews the different limitations of survey-based research and single case research, and advocates theoretically informed multiple case studies to illuminate both the processual dynamics of subsidiary operations and the importance of evolving social contexts. It explains the basis for the selection of the case-study enterprises and outlines the role of extensive interviews with managers and workers, combined with observation and documentary sources, in developing a cumulative understanding of patterns of social relations in each case-study establishment. Finally, it considers the strengths and weaknesses of a particular focus on non-unionized Japanese enterprises in Britain as a basis for contributing to the analysis of the overseas operations of multinational firms more generally.

Keywords:   interviews, multiple case studies, processual, research design, research methods, social contexts, survey-based research

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