Monthly Forum: Power and politics in multinational corporations: the role of worker involvement
ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, room C; 12h30-14h


  • Christoph Dörrenbächer, Berlin School of Economics and Law
  • Mike Geppert, The Surrey Business School


  • Aline Hoffmann, Head of unit: Europeanisation of industrial relations, ETUI
  • Evelyne Léonard, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain School of Management & Institut des Sciences du Travail

Moderator: Philippe Pochet, General Director ETUI

In most of the mainstream international business and management literature, power and politics in multinational corporations has been described as being dysfunctional, distracting organizations from the proper fulfilment of primary tasks and preventing them from operating efficiently. In reality, however, power and politics is the raw truth of any organization. Power relations and organizational politics are born from the interests of individual and collective actors and can become virulent matters when something important for any of the actors involved is at stake.
This meeting of the ETUI Monthly Forum will focus on lines of conflict and political manoeuvring by management and employee representation bodies with regard to highly contested issues in MNCs, such as subsidiary entrepreneurship, intra-firm competition and, most notably, the cross border transfer of HRM/IR policies. The presentation by Christoph Dörrenbächer and Mike Geppert will be based on empirical investigations they have undertaken in European MNCs in different industries, including an example of micropolitical game-playing in European Lidl stores.