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Does it matter what workers do? The role of workers' relational agency in the hybridisation of TNC subsidiaries in China and Mexico

Wenten, Frido (2017) Does it matter what workers do? The role of workers' relational agency in the hybridisation of TNC subsidiaries in China and Mexico. International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, 17 (2). p. 190. ISSN 1470-9511

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Identification Number: 10.1504/IJATM.2017.084803

Abstract

This article questions if the issue of hybridisation - or convergence and divergence - in the operations of global car producers is sufficiently addressed on the level of ideal typical 'productive models' or other forms of static ideal types. Arguing that there are difficulties in accounting for dynamic change and process, I suggest a shift in attention to processes of relational agency between social agents on and beyond the shop floor. Based on empirical evidence on the Chinese and Mexican subsidiaries of one of the largest global car manufacturers, I argue that in these relational processes worker agency has to be considered as a factor that shapes institutional change and variety, as well as the actual performance of shop floor institutions.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.inderscience.com/jhome.php?jcode=ijatm
Additional Information: © 2017 InderScience
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Sets: Departments > Management
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2018 14:44
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 03:23
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/86957

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