publication . Article . 2012

Sustaining Transnational Collective Action

IAN GREER; MARCO HAUPTMEIER;
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  • Published: 01 Apr 2012
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
What are the conditions under which transnational collective action is initiated and sustained? This article presents a case study of General Motors Europe, where labor leaders have mobilized the workforce and bargained with management at the transnational level repeatedly over more than a decade as a response to management whipsawing and threats of plant closures. In contrast to structuralist interest-based theories of union behavior, we identify a process of "identity work" that was necessary to sustain transnational worker cooperation.
Subjects
free text keywords: HD28, Management of Technology and Innovation, Strategy and Management, Industrial relations, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, Collective action, Structuralism, General motors, Collective bargaining, Workforce, Economic system, Labour economics, Economics
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