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Multinational corporations

The ETUI monitors, coordinates, and conducts research on multinational corporations and their strategies, particularly as far as employment, working conditions, and worker participation are concerned.

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Current projects

  • Restructuring and MNCs: fragmentation of value chains and the challenges of digitalization
  • Newcomer MNCs: Business strategies of MNCs from emerging markets and their impacts on labour and employment in Europe

Latest ETUI publications:

Challenger multinationals in telecommunications: Huawei and ZTE

Author: Peter Pawlicki (IG Metall)

This background analysis looks at the development and success of two Chinese companies, Huawei and ZTE, as major players on the global market of telecommunications equipment producers. The case of both companies indicates the importance of integrated industrial policies and can serve as a wake-up call for all policy stakeholders in the EU.

Flexible workforces and low profit margins: electronics assembly between Europe and China

Authors: Jan Drahokoupil (ETUI), Rutvica Andrijasevic (Univ Bristol, UK) and Devi Sacchetto (Univ. Padua, Italy)

This book investigates restructuring in the electronics industry and in particular the impact of a ‘Chinese’ labour regime on work and employment practices in the electronics assembly in Europe.

Foreign investment in eastern and southern Europe after 2008. Still a lever of growth?

Author(s) : Béla Galgóczi (ETUI), Jan Drahokoupil (ETUI) and Magdalena Bernaciak (ETUI)

This book investigates the role that foreign direct investment (FDI) in central-eastern and southern Europe has played in the post-crisis period, comparing patterns across countries and sectors.

The outsourcing challenge: organizing workers across fragmented production networks

Edited by : Jan Drahokoupil (ETUI)

This book focuses on the dynamics of outsourcing in Europe from the perspective of employees. In particular, it considers one insufficiently studied aspect: the impact of outsourcing on working conditions and employment relations in companies. The book also collects lessons learned from the efforts of employees and trade unions to shape outsourcing decisions, processes and their impact on employment and working conditions.

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