Journal Article

Manufacturing resiliency: economic restructuring and automotive manufacturing in the Great Lakes region

Tod D. Rutherford and John Holmes

in Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society

Volume 7, issue 3, pages 359-378
Published in print November 2014 | ISSN: 1752-1378
Published online September 2014 | e-ISSN: 1752-1386 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsu014
Manufacturing resiliency: economic restructuring and automotive manufacturing in the Great Lakes region

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • History of Economic Thought (to 1925)
  • Labour-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining
  • Manufacturing
  • Economywide Country Studies

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

Through a case study of the Great Lakes region automotive industry spanning the USA–Canada international border, this article critically reassesses the concept of regional resiliency and the sustainability of the recent resurgence of American manufacturing. We argue that regional resiliency needs to be reframed around regional integration into global production networks and the restructuring of workplace governance especially with regard to the significant ‘recalibration’ of labour relations reflected in declining rates of unionisation, lowered labour costs and more ‘flexible’ employment relations. The region is no longer as dominant in North American automotive manufacturing as it once was and must respond to increasing competition from emergent auto-making regions in the southern USA and Mexico.

Keywords: regions; resiliency; workplace governance; automobile industry; B15; J5; L62; O51

Journal Article.  10030 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Economic Thought (to 1925) ; Labour-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining ; Manufacturing ; Economywide Country Studies

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.