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International and Comparative Research

This research explores the interaction between local, national and global forces in shaping work and employment. In particular, we have along history of research on multinational companies, including three major ESRC projects: US multinationals and HRM in Europe; a large-scale survey of the employment practices of multinationals and a nationwide study of the interactions between regions and multi-nationals.

Our current research focuses on how a broad range of organisational and institutional actors attempt to meet the challenges and deal with the effects of global competition – how they interpret and negotiate business and institutional forces at global, national and local levels.Our work attempts to combine insights from the varieties of capitalism and economic geography literatures, with those from industrial relations and human resource management.

We have intensive collaborations with leading research institutions from Canada, Germany, Ireland and Spain, as well as with our Visiting Professor Olga Tregaskis of the University of East Anglia, and work closely with the CRIMT network on work and globalisation. We also have expertise in globalisation and work in developing economies, particularly India. In 2014/15 we are expanding our research through a HEFCE Higher Education Innovation Fellowship, which will further strengthen our research networks with academics and social actors in Europe, North America and South Asia.

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