What happened when the Americans took over Britain's electricity industry? Exploring trans-national sector effects on employment relations
Colling, Trevor and Clark, Ian. (2006) What happened when the Americans took over Britain's electricity industry? Exploring trans-national sector effects on employment relations. International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol.17 (No.9). pp. 1625-1644. ISSN 0958-5192Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585190600878469
Pressures stemming from the country of origin are seen increasingly as the single most important influence on multinational companies, and American managements are famed particularly for their marked preferences for non-unionism and for pay systems linked to performance. The dramatic inflow of American investment into the British electricity industry from 1996 onwards provides an opportunity to observe the development of these influences. In fact, employment relations reform was not driven by the concerns of American owners to any significant degree, but tended to follow patterns already very well established in the utilities sector in the UK. This can only be understood in the context of similar developments in sector-level governance in both countries, and the processes through which this drove international strategies at higher levels, affecting investment and organizational structure.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > Industrial Relations Research Unit
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Journal of Human Resource Management|
|Official Date:||September 2006|
|Number of Pages:||20|
|Page Range:||pp. 1625-1644|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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