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Employment Relations in a Global Supply Chain
국제 생산협력체제와 고용관계

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Authors
Kim, Seongsu; Frenkel, Stephen J.
Issue Date
2001
Publisher
서울대학교 경영연구소
Citation
경영논집, vol.35(2-3), pp.57-75
Abstract
Global supply chain has increased as a way to enhance competitive advantages of multinational companies
(MNCs). It allowed MNCs to effectively utilize inexpensive labor in the third-world countries, however, this
process of globalization is uneven and is contributing to sharper inequalities in income and wealth between
countries. In this paper we examine the way a leading US-based, global apparel firm applies its labor code of
practice to two prime contractors located in South Korea. We investigate the content of the code, the mechanisms
used in implementing the code, and the way behavior associated with the code relates to ER more generally. We
find evidence for relational contracting and high compliance by the two Korean contractor plants in regard to the
global firm’s code of labor practices. ER patterns in the plants are similar and related to implementation of the
global firm’s labor practices code. However, they are not completely uniform. This is explained by variations in
workplace dependence on the global corporation and the history and current approaches of contractor
management.
ISSN
1229-0491
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/43364
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