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Mapping the management of multinationals

Multinational companies have a prime position of importance across different national contexts and in the global economy, yet there is little information on how they organise and manage their employees in different contexts. The INTREPID project was established to fill this knowledge gap.
Mapping the management of multinationals
The 'Employment relations in multinational companies: Cross national comparative analysis' (INTREPID) project aimed to develop a community of international scholars involved in closely linked studies on management practices in multinational companies (MNCs) in different national contexts. The team also examined how the growing significance of MNCs is impacting other social actors: trade unions, and national and local governments.

Specifically, the project's main objective was to deliver an accurate and representative picture of the activities of MNCs, especially as these relate to work and employment practices. Comprising scholars from 4 EU countries and 1 associated and 3 third countries, the project involved some 17 universities and business schools. The programme centred on four specific research themes strongly linked to MNCs, globalisation and employment practices. Together, they address issues of great socioeconomic significance. The themes cover global value chains and MNCs, comparative employment practices in MNCs, convergence versus divergence, and the need to rethink collective representation.

INTREPID, through its exploratory research in these areas and targeted study aimed at offering comparative insights, provided a critical means of driving the research programme forward. Project members built on synergies between scholars in partner countries for access to rich empirical data that can be used to construct theoretical frameworks and also inform policy.

Although several exchange visits were either postponed or cancelled, the completed exchanges included both established scholars and newer or younger researchers in the initial stages of their careers.

Outcomes of INTREPID research activities will benefit personnel involved in foreign direct investment and MNCs, including policymakers, national and regional government officials, employer associations, trade unions, management practitioners and workplace representatives.

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