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From the firm to the network: global value chains and employment relations theory

Lakhani, Tashlin, Kuruvilla, Sarosh and Avgar, Ariel (2013) From the firm to the network: global value chains and employment relations theory. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 51 (3). pp. 440-472. ISSN 0007-1080

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Identification Number: 10.1111/bjir.12015


We posit that traditional employment relations theories that focus on individual firms embedded in distinct national institutional contexts are no longer adequate for the analysis of employment relations in a globalized era where production and services are increasingly coordinated across countries and firms. Building on global value chain theory, we introduce a configurational framework that explicitly addresses the employment relations implications of the interconnections within and between firms in the global economy. We argue that different value chain configurations will evidence different employment relations patterns, and we validate our framework by applying it to the study of three contemporary global issues. In sum, the framework permits a shift in the focus of employment relations scholarship away from the individual firm to the global networks in which they belong, and hence provides a new theoretical lens for the analysis of employment relations in the global economy.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 02 May 2013 15:59
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2024 21:27

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