What happened when the Americans took over Britain's electricity industry? Exploring trans-national sector effects on employment relations

Colling, T. and Clark, I. ORCID: 0000-0001-7698-2715, 2006. What happened when the Americans took over Britain's electricity industry? Exploring trans-national sector effects on employment relations. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 17 (9), pp. 1625-1644. ISSN 0958-5192

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Abstract

Pressures stemming from the country of origin are seen increasingly as the single most important influence on multinational companies, and American managements are famed particularly for their marked preferences for non-unionism and for pay systems linked to performance. The dramatic inflow of American investment into the British electricity industry from 1996 onwards provides an opportunity to observe the development of these influences. In fact, employment relations reform was not driven by the concerns of American owners to any significant degree, but tended to follow patterns already very well established in the utilities sector in the UK. This can only be understood in the context of similar developments in sector-level governance in both countries, and the processes through which this drove international strategies at higher levels, affecting investment and organizational structure.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: The International Journal of Human Resource Management
Creators: Colling, T. and Clark, I.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2006
Volume: 17
Number: 9
ISSN: 0958-5192
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/09585190600878469DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 19 Nov 2018 11:18
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2018 11:18
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35047

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