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How do local unions strategize about multinational corporations’ restructuring threats? Some insights from France [r-libre/1227]

Dupuis, Mathieu (2017). How do local unions strategize about multinational corporations’ restructuring threats? Some insights from France. Economic and Industrial Democracy.

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Item Type: Journal Articles
Refereed: Yes
Status: Published
Abstract: This article explores local trade union strategies in the context of MNC restructuring in French auto suppliers. From a theoretical standpoint, this study proposes a multidimensional analytic framework confronting three different, yet complementary, approaches: 1. the relative power of unions and how this power manifests itself in the social relations of actors; 2. the national institutions and opportunity structures that constrain actor choices; and 3. the contingencies relating to the structures of multinational firms and their production sites. From a methodological standpoint, we compare two different local cases (France-1, France-2) that have experienced restructuring threats from their parent MNCs. The core data of this research is based on semi-structured interviews with elected union representatives from both sites, as well as expert witnesses at various levels within the sector. This article argues that unions’ strategies are best understood as a function of power resources and capabilities, social relationships at different levels, and types of MNC governance. In particular, this article argues that local trade unions should develop “cognitive” power, a strategic capability, in order to impact decision-making in multinational corporations.
Depositor: Dupuis, Mathieu
Owner / Manager: Mathieu Dupuis
Deposited: 18 Oct 2017 14:38
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 14:38

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