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An exploratory study of the likely cultural impact of the Information and Consultation Directive 2002, on Irish-based, US multinationals.

Lynch, Jeremiah (2006) An exploratory study of the likely cultural impact of the Information and Consultation Directive 2002, on Irish-based, US multinationals. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The ICD represents the most important innovation in Irish employment law in recent years. For the first time, employers are obliged to I&C with employees on core business issues, following the presentation of a valid request.

This study focused on the likely cultural impact of the ICD on Irish-based, US mncs. The findings show that non-unionised mncs have a preference to engage in information exchange, rather than consultation; whereas, unionised mncs are more likely to engage in consultation, as well as information exchange. There's no evidence to suggest that trades union are actively promoting I&C in US mncs. But the mere fact that there's a trades union presence in unionised mncs ensures management's commitment to consultation.

The study concludes that if the ICD is to be transformative in the real sense there's a requirement for the various actors involved (i.e. trades union, IBEC, the Chamber, various state agencies, and mncs) to cultivate a new approach in IR practices, herein referred to as 'transformed pluralism'. In sum, this involves cutting the umbilical cord with the industrial past and cultivating a spirit of true enterprise partnership upon which the 'new' Irish economy should rest. The approach adopted in the Scandinavian countries (particularly Sweden) may prove instructive in this regard.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Specific Industries > Multinational Industries
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Industrial Relations
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Organisational Behaviour > Organisational Culture
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: SINEAD CORCORAN
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2010 12:15
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2014 13:11
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/261

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