We will focus on key issues in work and human resources from a global perspective, with particular reference to the role of multinationals in the employment relationship. We will look at the development of the institutions governing business and commercial organisations in different national contexts. The central premise is that varieties of regulatory systems foster different behaviours by economic and political actors, and we are particularly interested in how these business systems shape interactions at the workplace.
The key theme of the module is the multinational corporation and how it interacts with both the national and international context. From there we will engage in debates on globalisation, on the convergence/divergence of national business systems, and on the productivity and growth of economies. The module aims to enable you to understand key contextual features, such as models of capitalism and supranational governance, alongside the prominent role of multinational enterprises as transnational actors shaping employment relations and human resources across boundaries.