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Globalisation and the contested process of international corporate restructuring: employment reorganisation and the issue of labour consent in the international oil industry

Cumbers, A., and Atterton, J. (2000) Globalisation and the contested process of international corporate restructuring: employment reorganisation and the issue of labour consent in the international oil industry. Environment and Planning A, 32 (9). pp. 1529-1544. ISSN 0308-518X

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Abstract

Labour is typically treated as a passive victim of corporate restructuring processes in discourses on globalisation, rendered helpless by rationalisation and downsizing, and structurally place-bound and defenceless against increasingly mobile and footloose capital. This paper forms part of a growing body of work in the geographical literature that seeks to contest this view, reinserting labour as an actor in the context of globalisation. Specifically, we consider labour as an autonomous agent in the corporate labour process, through an examination of the impact of current processes of organisational restructuring in multinational corporations upon employment relations. We argue that corporate restructuring is a socially embedded, and therefore highly problematic, process involving issues of negotiation, consent, and resistance between managers and workers, and that current restructuring is therefore destabilising established patterns of social relations by which corporations secured worker consent in the past. Our argument is developed using a case study from the international oil industry.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cumbers, Prof Andrew
Authors: Cumbers, A., and Atterton, J.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Environment and Planning A
ISSN:0308-518X

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