HRM, Technical Workers and the Multinational Corporation by Patrick McGovern

By Patrick McGovern

This booklet is the 1st significant in-depth research of the impression of up to date administration practices on a quickly increasing set of white-collar occupations, specifically technical employees. It investigates even if HRM schemes reminiscent of worker value determinations and function similar pay have reworked technical paintings to such an volume that it might not be defined as a 'service contract'. The publication includes designated exam of the character of managerial regulate over staff who, through advantage in their committment, current their employers with difficulties which are frequently neglected by means of prescriptive types of HRM. The empirical facts positive factors case reviews of matched pairs of hi-tech corporations within the Irish Republic. the writer examines contemporary debates in regards to the nature of employment and the function of the multinational organizations in the so-called 'Celtic Tiger' Irish economic system.

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HRM, Technical Workers and the Multinational Corporation (Routledge Advances in Management and Business Studies)

This publication is the 1st significant in-depth learn of the influence of up to date administration practices on a quickly increasing set of white-collar occupations, specifically technical staff. It investigates even if HRM schemes corresponding to worker value determinations and function similar pay have reworked technical paintings to such an volume that it could possibly not be defined as a 'service contract'.

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1988; 1992). This chapter is the first of two to examine employers’ labour market practices in detail. The central question (here and in Chapter 7) is whether employers continue to rely on the internal job hierarchies or have instead moved towards market solutions. In other words, the issue is one of a choice between internal versus external labour markets. If employers are indeed changing the service contract then the Irish labour market is a particularly appropriate testing site since it is marked by an over-supply of graduate technical labour.

This was one of the reasons for choosing MNCs in the Irish context. The other was that hi-tech multinational firms were much more likely to employ a critical mass of technical workers. Given the focus of this research, case studies were chosen as the best means of examining employer practices in detail. Crompton and Jones (1988) claim, among other things, that this method is particularly useful in investigating promotion patterns and internal labour markets in the white-collar context because it enables the researcher to penetrate the often confusing world of organizational job titles.

In other words, while the work situation of professionals and managers may be changing in the same direction, the market situation remains the same for those with qualifications. That is to say, there is a divergence between the work and market situations of organizational professionals. This assumes that employers place a particular value on qualifications. But what if employers wish to alter the hierarchy of qualifications? How does this affect the market situation of technical workers? Again, these are questions that require research at the organizational level.

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