Between Market & Institutions

Is there leeway for local actors in shaping restructuring in Europe ?
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Managing editor Beatrice Barbalato

Institutional literature about restructurings (AB-Inbev, Carrefour, Opel, etc.) has been criticised for being overly deterministic. This article aims to accommodate such criticism by illustrating how market matters to the way restructuring is... Read More

Under international market pressure, companies increasingly tend to restructure their operations. The diverse outcomes of such restructurings have important employment implications, as Illustrated by recent examples from Belgium such as Opel, Carrefour, Arcelor-Mittal, Beckaert and AB-InBev. Comparative research has mainly studied the influence of different industrial relations systems on restructuring processes.

This institutional literature has, however, been criticised for being overly deterministic. This article aims to accommodate such criticism by illustrating how market matters to the way restructuring is conducted.

Although institutional settings restrain social actors' behaviour towards restructuring, they do not determine it. Social actors can use institutions with a view to pursue their interests and to shape restructuring within the context of the market in which they are embedded, which involves their exposure to international and global forces. The study is based on a Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) of 12 case studies in seven countries. Data were gathered as part of a European research project supported by the social partners.


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Rivista pubblicata con l'aiuto finanziario del Fonds national de la recherche scientifique (Belgio).


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Publisher
Presses universitaires de Louvain
Title Part
Numéro 7
Title Part
Volume 7
Managing editor
Beatrice Barbalato,
Author
Valeria Pulignano, Vickie Dekocker,
Collection
Cahiers du CIRTES
Language
English
BISAC Subject Heading
BUS038000 BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Labor
Onix Audience Codes
06 Professional and scholarly
CLIL (Version 2013-2019)
3082 Changement social
Title First Published
10 January 2013
Original Language
English

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Publication Date
15 July 2012
ISBN-13
9782875580689
Extent
Main content page count : 180
Legal Copyright Date
D/2012/9964/19
Code
87420
Dimensions
21 x 25 x 1 cm
Weight
398 grams
List Price
14.00 €
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Publication Date
10 January 2013
ISBN-13
1111111111111
Extent
Main content page count : 42
Code
PDF87420
ONIX XML
Version 2.1, Version 3

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Contents


Abstract/ Résumé _______________________________________ 1
Introduction ____________________________________________ 3
Literature review and theoretical framwork __________________ 5
Restructuring: an analytical distinction ____________________________ 5
The institutional approach to restructuring ________________________ 6
Two criticisms to the institutional paradigm: the role of social actors and
the pressure of international markets_____________________________ 7
Hypotheses and an integrated framework _________________________ 8
Research design ________________________________________ 11
Case studies on Restructuring Processes in Multinational Companies __ 11
QCA as a method of analysis ___________________________________ 12
Conditions and outcome ______________________________________ 13
Findings ______________________________________________ 19
Discussion _____________________________________________ 25
Institutions, market pressures and the influence of local actors _______ 25
Implications for theory and policy _______________________________ 27
Conclusion ____________________________________________ 29
References ____________________________________________ 31