Corporate Governance and Labour Management: An International Comparison

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Howard F. Gospel, Andrew Pendleton
Oxford University Press, 2006 - Business & Economics - 384 pages
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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 Japaneseeconomies. 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 ofcountries, 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 chapters cover the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, andSpain, with each written by a leading academic expert in the field. By providing a historical review of the evolution of national systems, the contributors provide judicious evaluations of the current state and future direction of national governance and labour relations systems. Overall, 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 corporategovernance systems, as well as vice versa. The contributions to 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 thecomplexities of corporate governance systems and refines the distinction between market/outsider and relational/insider systems.
 

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Contents

Corporate Governance and Labour Management An International Comparison
1
Corporate Governance and Employees in the United States
33
Markets and Relationships Finance Governance and Labour in the United Kingdom
59
Corporate Governance and Employees in Germany Changing Linkages Complementarities and Tensions
84
Corporate Governance in Germany Ownership Codetermination and Firm Performance in a Stakeholder Economy
122
Corporate Governance and Labour Management in the Netherlands Getting the Best of Both Worlds?
148
Labour in French Corporate Governance The Missing Link
173
Corporate Governance and Employment Relations Spain in the Context of Western Europe
197
Corporate Governance and Industrial Relations in Italy
226
Corporate Governance Labour and Employment Relations in Japan The Future of the Stakeholder Model?
254
Towards a Comparative Perspective on Corporate Governance and Labour Management Enterprise Coalitions and National Trajectories
284
Bibliography
310
Index
351
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Howard Gospel is Professor of Management at King's College London, a Research Associate of the Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics, and a Fellow of the Said Business School, University of Oxford. Andrew Pendleton is Professor of Human Resource Management at the Business School of the Manchester Metropolitan University.

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