Traditionally, industrial relations actors - unions and governments - have dealt with the regulation of work and employment through national mechanisms such as labour laws and collective bargaining. The inadequacy of these mechanisms to cope with the era of globalization has led to a rethinking of the nature and role of these traditional instruments and actors in the regulation of work and employment in the global firm.
This book seeks to shed light on this process, to evaluate the range of emerging mechanisms and to consider the implications of this process for traditional forms of industrial relations governance such as collective bargaining and labour law in a global context. The originality of the approach is linked to the attempt to build bridges between industrial relations, labour law, the sociology of work and management and management studies.
There are few other studies which systematically seek to integrate both different regions of the world and different sources of regulation into a single book.