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Corporate Governance and Labour Management

Edited by Howard Gospel and Andrew Pendleton

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780199263677
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191718373 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263677.001.0001

Series: Studies on Contemporary China

Corporate Governance and Labour Management

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This book is about the relationship between corporate governance regimes and labour management. It examines how finance and governance influence employment relationships, work organization, and industrial relations by means of a comparative analysis of Anglo-American, European, and Japanese economies. The starting point is the distinction widely found in the corporate governance, business systems, and political economy literature between countries dominated by ‘shareholder value’ conceptions of corporate governance and those characterized by ‘stakeholder’ regimes. By drawing on a wide range of countries, the book is able to demonstrate the complexities of corporate governance arrangements and to present a more precise and nuanced exploration of the linkages between governance and labour management. Each country-based chapter provides an analysis of the evolution and key characteristics of corporate governance, and then links this to labour management institutions and practices. The book goes beyond the ‘complementarities’ between governance and labour management systems identified in recent literature, and attempts to identify causal relationships between the two. It shows how labour management institutions and practices may influence finance and corporate governance systems, as well as vice versa. The chapters in this book illuminate current debates about the determinants of corporate governance, the convergence of national ‘varieties of capitalism’, and the impact of corporate governance on managerial behaviour. The book highlights the complexities of corporate governance systems and refines the distinction between market/outsider and relational/insider systems.

Keywords: finance; work organization; industrial relations; labour management institutions; labour management practices; corporate government systems; varieties of capitalism; managerial behaviour

Book.  400 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Corporate Governance

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Corporate Governance and Employees in the United States in Corporate Governance and Labour Management

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Labour in French Corporate Governance: The Missing Link in Corporate Governance and Labour Management

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Corporate Governance and Industrial Relations in Italy in Corporate Governance and Labour Management

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