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Change and transformation in Asian industrial relations

Kuruvilla, Sarosh and Erickson, Christopher (2002) Change and transformation in Asian industrial relations. Industrial Relations: a Journal of Economy and Society, 41 (2). pp. 171-228. ISSN 0019-8676

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1468-232X.00243


We argue that industrial relations (IR) systems change due to shifts in the constraints facing those systems and that the most salient constraints facing IR systems in Asia have shifted from those of maintaining labor peace and stability in the early stages of industrialization to those of increasing both numerical and functional flexibility in the 1980s and 1990s. The evidence to sustain this argument is drawn from seven “representative” Asian IR systems: Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, India, and China. We also distinguish between systems that have smoothly adapted (Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines) and systems that have fundamentally transformed (China and South Korea) and hypothesize about the reasons for this difference.

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Additional Information: © 2002 Regents of the University of California
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 14 May 2018 13:39
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:37

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