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U.S. Multinational Corporations and the Management of Human Resources in Europe

Directors [in Ireland]: Paddy Gunnigle, Michael Morley, David Collings

This research project comprises a comparative study of US multinational companies (MNCs) in Europe. Led by Professor Anthony Ferner and a research team based at De Montfort and other UK universities and also involving partner universities Germany and Spain, this study asks the following questions:

 

  • What HR practices and policies do US MNCs transfer abroad to the host countries in which they operate, and why?
  • To what extent are US MNCs’ overseas practices influenced by the characteristics of the American business system in which they originate?
  • How do US MNCs design their global HR policies? I.e. what is the policy formulation process?
  • What mechanisms do US MNCs use to transfer practices and policies to their foreign subsidiaries? I.e. what is the policy transfer process?
  • What happens to such policies and practices once they arrive in the foreign subsidiary? i.e. what is the policy implementation process?

 
Indicative Publications
Gunnigle, P., Collings, D.G. & Morley, M.J. (2006) “Accommodating global capitalism? State policy and industrial relations in American MNCs in Ireland”, in A. Ferner, J. Quintanilla & C. Sanchez-Runde, (eds.) Multinationals and the Construction of Transnational Practices: Convergence and Diversity in the Global Economy, Basingstoke, Hampshire & New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Edwards, T., Gunnigle, P., Quintanilla, J., & Wächter, H. (2006)  “Overview of the Host Business Systems”, in P. Almond, & A. Ferner (Eds.) American Multinationals in Europe: Managing Employment Relations Across National Borders, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Colling, T., Gunnigle, P., Quintanilla, J., & Tempel, A. (2006) “Collective Representation and Participation”, in P. Almond, & A. Ferner (Eds.) American Multinationals in Europe: Managing Employment Relations Across National Borders, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Ferner, A., T., Gunnigle, P., Quintanilla, J., Wächter, H., & Edwards, T.  (2006)  “Centralization”, in P. Almond, & A. Ferner (Eds.)  American Multinationals in EuropeManaging Employment Relations Across National Borders, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Wächter, H., Peters, R., Ferner, A., Gunnigle, P. & Quintanilla, J., (2006)  “The Role of the International Personnel Function”, in P. Almond, & A. Ferner (Eds.) American Multinationals in EuropeManaging Employment Relations Across National Borders, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Clark, I., Almond, P., Gunnigle, P., & Wachter, H. 2005. “The Americanisation of the European Business System”, Industrial Relations Journal, 36 (6), 494-517.

Almond, P., Edwards, T., Colling, T. Ferner, A., Gunnigle, P., Muller-Camen, M., Quintanilla, J. & Waechter, H. 2005. “Unravelling Home and Host Country Effects, An Investigation of the HR Policies of an American Multinational in Four European Countries”, Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 44 (2), 276-307.

Gunnigle, P., Collings, D. & Morley, M. (2005), “Exploring the Dynamics of  Industrial Relations in US Multinationals, Evidence from the Republic of Ireland”, Industrial Relations Journal, , 36 (3), 241-256.

Gunnigle, P.; Collings, D.G.; Morley, M.J. (2004): Die Personalpolitik amerikanischer multinationaler Unternehmen in Irland, in: Wächter, H. & Peters, R. (Hrsg.): Personalpolitik amerikanischer multinationaler Unternehmen in Europa. München und Mering: Rainer Hampp Verlag.

Gunnigle, P., Murphy, K.R., Cleveland, J.N., Heraty, N. & Morley , M. 2002. “Localization in Human Resource Management, Comparing American and European Multinational Corporations”, Advances in International Management, 14, 259-284.

Turner, T., D’Art, D. & Gunnigle, P. 2002. “Multinational Corporations, A Challenge to European Trade Unions”, Irish Journal of Management,  23 (1), 125-141.

Clark, I., Colling, T., Almond, P., Gunnigle, P., Morley, M. Peters, R. & Portillo, M. 2002., “Multinationals in Europe 2001-2, home country, host country and sector effects in the context of crisis”, Industrial Relations Journal, 33 (5), 446-464.