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Culture as grand theory in East Asian employment relations


Fry, S and Mees, B, Culture as grand theory in East Asian employment relations, Asia Pacific Business Review, 20, (4) pp. 603-617. ISSN 1360-2381 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13602381.2014.892767


Considerable emphasis has often been placed on cultural factors in explaining the peculiarities of East Asian employment relations. By comparison with workplace relations in the West, East Asian employment relations are characterized by low rates of unionization and collective bargaining, and a relative absence of industrial disputation. A critique of notions of culture found in employment-relations scholarship is presented which draws on long-established conceptualizations developed in historical, post-colonial, anthropological and cultural studies. Most of the peculiarities of East Asian workplace relations can be adequately accounted for through manners other than invoking a grand theory of culture.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:industrial relations, culture, East Asia
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Industrial and employee relations
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Industrial relations
UTAS Author:Mees, B (Dr Bernard Mees)
ID Code:128992
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2018-10-31
Last Modified:2018-12-07

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