Problems and Perspectives in a Heterogeneous Field
The choice of case studies aims to capture a broad range of service sector employment, in terms of both working conditions and employment relations arrangements. As well as covering a number of key sectors, the choice of home countries of the selected firms also aims to capture the impact of national influences for the main industrial relations models in Europe. Overall, the study offers insights into the complexities of the Europeanization of company-level industrial relations in a dynamic field now also confronted by the convulsions unleashed by the Eurozone crisis.
Chapter 2: Methods and context
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Methods and context
2.1 Theoretical and conceptual framework
This study is guided by three analytic concepts that we have developed and detailed in previous studies of the Europeanization of company-level industrial relations and transnational collective bargaining for the metalworking industry (Rüb et al., 2013: 19ff.): the concept of multilevel transnational industrial relations, the concept of Europeanization, and a concept of negotiation that draws on the work of Anselm Strauss (1978).
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