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American Multinationals in Europe: Managing Employment Relations Across National Borders

Phil Almond and Anthony Ferner


This book addresses some of the major contemporary issues in comparative business and employment relations. At its core are the findings of a four-year international exploration of the management of employment relations in American multinational companies in the UK, Germany, Ireland, and Spain. Data from detailed case studies are used to illuminate the tensions between the forces of globalization and the continuing distinctiveness of national business systems. It looks at what is distinctively American about US multinationals, asking how the US business system’s particular features influence t ... More

Keywords: comparative business, US multinationals, pay and performance, collective employee representation, workforce management, managerial careers, international human resources, centralization, subsidiary autonomy, international learning

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199274635
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274635.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phil Almond, editor
Lecturer in Employment Studies, Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester
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Anthony Ferner, editor
Professor of International Human Resource Management, Leicester Business School de Montfort University
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Part I Introduction

Part II The Context

3 Overview of the US Business System

Ian Clark, and Phil Almond

4 Overview of the Host Business Systems

Tony Edwards, Paddy Gunnigle, Javier Quintanilla, and Hartmut Wächter

5 The Case Study Companies in Their Organizational Context

Peter Butler, David Collings, René Peters, and Javier Quintanilla

Part III The Findings: Employment Relations Policies and Practices

6 Collective Representation and Participation

Trevor Colling, Paddy Gunnigle, Javier Quintanilla, and Anne Tempel

7 Pay and Performance

Phil Almond, Michael Muller-Camen, David G. Collings, and Javier Quintanilla

8 Workforce Diversity Policies

Anthony Ferner, Michael Morley, Michael Muller-Camen, and Lourdes Susaeta

9 The Management of Managerial Careers

Peter Butler, David Collings, René Peters, and Javier Quintanilla

Part IV The Findings: Structure, Process, and Dynamics

10 Centralization

Anthony Ferner, Paddy Gunnigle, Javier Quintanilla, Hartmut Wächter, and Tony Edwards

11 Innovation and the Transfer of Organizational Learning

Tony Edwards, David G. Collings, Javier Quintanilla, and Anne Tempel

12 The Role of the International Personnel Function

Hartmut Wächter, René Peters, Anthony Ferner, Paddy Gunnigle, and Javier Quintanilla

13 Conclusions

Phil Almond, Trevor Colling, Tony Edwards, and Anthony Ferner