Denmark: Tailoring Flexicurity for Changing Roles in Global Games

Peer Hull Kristensen, Maja Lotz and Robson Rocha

in Nordic Capitalisms and Globalization

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199594535
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191724909 | DOI:
Denmark: Tailoring Flexicurity for Changing Roles in Global Games

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By giving an historical account of the Danish business system, this chapter offers an alternative interpretation to how Danish flexicurity operates. The argument is that employees, unions, and vocational training institutions take a much more activist role than is usually observed. This argument is then justified, first, by giving an account of general Danish industrial developments and innovation patterns, and secondly, by studying how Danish firms strategize, organize, and relate to global economic processes. The case studies provide evidence that firms and labour—market institutions have simultaneously been changed in many different ways locally. Entirely new ways of working have opened for taking on new, advanced roles in the new global economy, making inclusion of all employee groupings possible.

Keywords: flexicurity; institutional change; user-driven innovation; continuous training; participative ordering; SME multinationals; industrial relations

Chapter.  23825 words. 

Subjects: Political Economy

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