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Assembling Work: Remaking Factory Regimes in Japanese Multinationals in Britain

Tony Elger and Chris Smith

Abstract

This book uses research on Japanese firms in the UK to contribute to broader debate about the role of international firms in reconstructing contemporary work and employment relations. Japanese manufacturing subsidiaries in Britain have often been portrayed as carriers of Japanese best practice models of work organization and employment relations. This research challenges this view on the basis of intensive comparative workplace case studies of several Japanese manufacturing plants in Britain. It develops an analysis of system, society, and dominance effects to identify the competing pressures ... More

Keywords: consent, dissent, employment relations, international firms, Japanese firms, production regimes, transplants, hybrids, branch plants, workplace case studies, work organization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199241514
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199241514.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tony Elger, author
Reader, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick
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Chris Smith, author
Professor, School of Mananagement, Royal Holloway, University of London
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