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The Multi-Dimensions of Industrial Relations in the Asian Knowledge-Based Economies

Book Description

This collection of work by leading scholars investigates the impact of the globalization process on some selected Asian economies and societies. With particular focus on the role of institutional factors such as labour unions or workers’ associations, case studies are presented on labour-management relations at the workplace that have evolved to cope with globalization. The cases describe labour institutions in the society as a social force that acts as a catalyst for societal democracy and for industrial democracy at the workplace. These cases provide descriptions of the changes in the management’s stance and approaches towards labour unions in the selected countries as well as at the organizational level over the last three decades when much of the industrialization process has occurred in Asia.

  • A case study approach which enhances analytical and problem-solving skills of students
  • A focus on the impact of globalization process in the East and Southeast Asia which is becoming more significant in the new economy
  • Prepared by local Asian research scholars

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. List of Figures
  7. List of Tables
  8. List of Abbreviations
  9. About the Authors
  10. Chapter 1: Overview of Economic Growth and Industrial Relations in Asian Knowledge-Based Economies
    1. 1 INTRODUCTION
    2. 2 JAPAN
    3. 3 KOREA
    4. 4 TAIWAN
    5. 5 SINGAPORE
    6. 6 THAILAND
    7. 7 THE PHILIPPINES
    8. 8 CONCLUSION
  11. Chapter 2: Industrial Relations in the Turbulent Times
    1. 1 INTRODUCTION
    2. 2 BUSINESS STRATEGY AND HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (HRM)
    3. 3 UNIONIZATION AND PRODUCTIVITY
    4. 4 LABOUR -MANAGEMENT CONFLICT
    5. 5 CONFLICT AND ORGANIZATIONAL LEARNING
    6. 6 ORGANIZATIONAL LEARNING AND PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENT
    7. 7 CONCLUSION
    8. ENDNOTES
  12. Chapter 3: Globalization of Japanese Firms and Human Resource Management
    1. 1 INTRODUCTION
    2. 2 THE CHANGING CONTEXT
    3. 3 CHANGING ROLES OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS ACTORS
    4. 4 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN PRACTICE
    5. 5 CHANGES IN PAY POLICIES
    6. 6 CONCLUSION
    7. 7 CASE STUDY
    8. 8 QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
    9. ENDNOTES
  13. Chapter 4: Globalization and Industrial Relations in Korea
    1. 1 INTRODUCTION
    2. 2 BASIC FEATURES OF KOREA’S INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS SYSTEM
    3. 3 DEVELOPMENTS IN KOREA’S INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS SINCE 1987
    4. 4 DISCUSSIONS ON AMENDMENTS ON LABOR LAWS IN KOREA
    5. 5 CONCLUSION
    6. 6 OVERVIEW OF THE KOREAN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
    7. 7 CASE STUDY: GLOBALIZATION AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS AT HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY [1]
    8. 8 QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
    9. ENDNOTES
  14. Chapter 5: Industrial Relations in a Knowledge-Based Economy: The Case of the Banking Industry in Taiwan
    1. 1 INTRODUCTION
    2. 2 THE EMERGENCE OF A KBE AND CHANGES IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS IN TAIWAN
    3. 3 INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS IN THE BANKING INDUSTRY
    4. 4 CONCLUSION
    5. 5 CASE STUDY – THE BANK OF OVERSEAS CHINESE
    6. 6 QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
  15. Chapter 6: Singapore Industrial Relations System in the Globalization Era
    1. 1 INTRODUCTION
    2. 2 DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS IN SINGAPORE
    3. 3 EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS IN TRANSITION
    4. 4 CONCLUSION
    5. 5 CASE STUDY: SINGAPORE AIRLINES
    6. 6 QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
    7. ENDNOTES
    8. SOME USEFUL WEB ADDRESSES
  16. Chapter 7: Globalization and Industrial Relations in Thailand
    1. 1 INTRODUCTION
    2. 2 THE THAI ECONOMY AFTER THE FINANCIAL CRISIS
    3. 3 INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS IN THE 1990s
    4. 4 CONCLUSION
    5. 5 CASE STUDIES
    6. 6 DISCUSSION ON CASE STUDIES
    7. 7 QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
    8. ENDNOTES
  17. Chapter 8: Globalization and Industrial Relations in the Philippines
    1. 1 INTRODUCTION
    2. 2 THE PHILIPPINE LABOR MARKET CONTEXT
    3. 3 PHILIPPINE INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
    4. 4 CONCLUSION
    5. 5 CASE STUDIES
    6. 6 QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
    7. Appendix 1 IMPORTANT LABOR LAWS IN THE PHILIPPINES
  18. Chapter 9: Making Industrial Relations Work in the Globalization Era: Challenges Ahead for Knowledge-Based Economies
    1. 1 SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
    2. 2 MAKING INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS WORK FOR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
    3. 3 CHALLENGES AHEAD
  19. References