Multinational companies and the diffusion of employment practices from outside the country of origin: Explaining variation across firms

Tony Edwards, Paul Edwards, Anthony Fermner, Paul Marginson, Olga Tregaskis

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This paper analyses the issue of variation between multinational companies in the extent to which they use their foreign operating units as the origin of employment practices that are subsequently transferred across the firm.

It uses data from a nationally representative survey of MNCs in the UK and contrasts the relative influences of three sets of factors on diffusion.

The results demonstrate that while the nationality of the parent firm and the way in which the multinational is configured have only modest effects on diffusion, the organisational conduits through which the diffusion of practices can occur are central to explaining variation between firms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-635
Number of pages23
JournalManagement International Review
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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