The transformation of employment relations in the UK's old industrial regions: a regional comparison of the experience of Japanization

Cumbers, A. (1998) The transformation of employment relations in the UK's old industrial regions: a regional comparison of the experience of Japanization. Asia Pacific Business Review, 5(2), pp. 183-200. (doi:10.1080/13602389912331288043)

Cumbers, A. (1998) The transformation of employment relations in the UK's old industrial regions: a regional comparison of the experience of Japanization. Asia Pacific Business Review, 5(2), pp. 183-200. (doi:10.1080/13602389912331288043)

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Abstract

This contribution presents a comparative analysis of the impact of Japanese inward investment on employment relations in the North East of England and South Wales. In particular, it examines the experience of ‘Japanization’ in both regions within the context of on-going processes of employment restructuring. While there is some variation in impact between regions, overall the evidence suggests that Japanization is helping to transform the work environment. However, it is not resulting in the idealized model of harmonious employment relations depicted by some commentators, but is part of a wider shift towards a more coercive set of employment practices.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cumbers, Professor Andrew
Authors: Cumbers, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Asia Pacific Business Review
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:1360-2381
ISSN (Online):1743-792X

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