Historically, alternative models of the employment relationship have developed across culturally diverse nation states. However, the trend towards globalization incorporates a powerful force towards an international uniformity of employment relations. Underlying the issues addressed in this book is the question of how important cultural differences are and will continue to be.
Ferrie Pot analyses the impact of national culture on the way the employment relationship is organized using case studies from the United States and the Netherlands. Evidence from these countries suggests that nations respond to globalization in line with their cultural values. As such, this book challenges the widespread belief that global trends will lead to the homogenization of the employment relationship.
Ferrie Pot, Assistant Professor of Economic Organization, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Contents: 1. Cultural Embeddedness of the Employment Relationship 2. The Employment Relationship: Mechanisms of Change 3. Globalization of the Employment Relationship 4. The Concept of Culture 5. An Empirical Illustration: The United States versus the Netherlands 6. Discussion References Index