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Employment relations in German multinational companies in the UK and the future of the German model: empirical evidence on country-of-origin effects and industry internationalisation

Heinz-Josef Tuselmann, Arne Heise (), Frank McDonald and Matthew Allen

International Journal of Public Policy, 2010, vol. 5, issue 4, 390-408

Abstract: Interest has grown in the significance of the country-of-origin impact on the Employment Relations (ER) approaches in the international subsidiaries of Multinational Companies (MNCs). In this article, a comparative cross-sectional analysis of German subsidiaries with indigenous UK firms will be provided. The central issues concern the extent to which German MNCs in deregulated Anglo-American industrial relations settings draw on the German ER model, adjust to the host-country context or adopt current 'best practice' prescriptions frequently associated with leading US MNCs. Here, the key questions are: How and to what extent do different industry-specific forces interrelate with country-of-origin effects and pressures to adopt 'best practice' approaches to shape subsidiary ER outcomes?

Keywords: industrial relations; multinational corporations; MNCs; internationalisation; Germany; UK; United Kingdom; country-of-origin impact; international subsidiaries; employment relations; comparative analysis; deregulation; USA; United States; best practice; industry-specific forces; pressures to adopt; public policy; governance. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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