Employment relations at the workplace level in China: two contrasting cases

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Working Paper
Zheng, Yu; Smith, Chris
Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of publication
1 March 2010
School of Management Research Paper Series
People management: all aspects of managing people
Business and management
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This paper explores the pressures of standardisation and differentiation in employment relations in China. Using case studies from two companies that share the same ownership, industry, size, location and labour market, the paper will show that, despite moves by the state and internationalisation of production to standardise employment relations in different ways, there continues to be an opening at the workplace level to construct very different employment and worker relations.

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