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European Mergers and Employees� Participation: Industrial Economic and Anthropological Study of Franco-German Cases, Final Report

Project ID: HPSE-CT-1999-00018


The objective of EMEP research is to analyse how transnational mergers in Europe impact employees' participation in the firms. The analysis combines bibliographic research with a simultaneous industrial economic and anthropological investigation of case studies in France and Germany. To analyse the links between corporate governance, mergers and workers participation, two questions will be addressed: what is the role of employees' participation in the final merger's outcome? does international mergers' experience in Europe allow to identify a model for employees� participation in the future European firm?
The expected results of this work are the following: i) to build up and validate a general analytic framework and methodology that could be later enlarged to other European countries, ii) to produce a first set of results on national employees participation comparison and the complex issues raised by their integration after the mergers, iii) to contribute to the policy debate on the European mergers� rules and the on-going definition of the legal frame for the European company. Regarding the second point, the objective is to develop an original evaluation of the reasons for success or failures of the transnational mergers based on the role played by employees' participation in the merger implementation. To disseminate the results, enlarge the scope of the research to the European level, and tackle the mergers policy issues and the design of the legal frame for the European Company, a conference is scheduled between European researchers, enlarged to other countries and other fields (management, sociology, work and business law...).

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