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American Multinationals in EuropeManaging Employment Relations Across National Borders$
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Phil Almond and Anthony Ferner

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274635

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274635.001.0001

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Overview of the Host Business Systems

Overview of the Host Business Systems

(p.57) 4 Overview of the Host Business Systems
American Multinationals in Europe

Tony Edwards

Paddy Gunnigle

Javier Quintanilla

Hartmut Wächter

Oxford University Press

This chapter establishes the distinctive characteristics of the four host business systems: the UK, Germany, Ireland, and Spain. After providing an overview of the role of foreign, particularly US, multinationals within each of the four economies, it establishes the key aspects of the industrial relations systems in each case, particularly those that contrast with the American system. Building on this, the chapter provides an analysis of the extent to which each of the countries are likely to be ‘receptive’ to the introduction of American-style employment practices.

Keywords:   the UK, Germany, Ireland, Spain, US multinationals, host business systems, industrial relations systems, American-style employment practices

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