A review of East Asian employment relations in the last decade of the 20th century

Leggett, Chris (1999) A review of East Asian employment relations in the last decade of the 20th century. In: Global Trends and Local Issues: proceedings of the seventh annual conference of the International Employment Relations Association, pp. 285-299. From: 1999 IERA: Seventh Annual Conference of the International Employment Relations Association: Global trends and local issues, 13-16 July 1999, Canterbury, New Zealand.

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Abstract

[Extract] In 1990 there were signs that Japan might not be able to sustain its economic dynamic, but observers were still confident that the Asian 'miracle' would continue through the region. Towards the end of the decade many East Asian countries were in a recession precipitated by the rapid exodus of capital that occurred in 1997.

Dore ( 1979) demonstrates how employment relations reflect the stages of industrialisation. Before the 1997 financial crisis the leader in Asia was Japan, and there was a worldwide interest in Japanese employment systems and their transferability, both in the region and to Europe and North America. Next were the newly industrialised economies (NIEs) of Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea, followed by a third generation comprising Malaysia, Thailand and the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) of the Peoples' Republic of China (PRC). On the horizon was a fourth generation of industrialising economies as diverse as Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and provinces of the PRC (Leggett and Bamber, 1996). After identifying the analytical frames of reference, acknowledging the significance of globalisation this paper reviews the critical employment relations characteristics of economies selected according to their stage in the industria1isation process and draws some tentative conclusions.

Item ID: 17136
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: employment relations, industrial relations, East Asia, 1990s
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ISBN: 978-0-646-39065-9
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2012 04:28
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150306 Industrial Relations @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910401 Industrial Relations @ 100%
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