This book explores the diversity and dynamism of China's workplaces and of the wider labour market experiences of its workforce. Drawing on the authors' extensive recent research, it considers a diverse range of issues and types of workplaces. These changes include: the continuing spread of market-oriented human resource management across public and private sector organisations; greater employment rights for workers; local diversity in regulatory control alongside the governmental priority of a `harmonious society'; persistent shortages of skilled labour co-existing with vast underemployment amongst the unskilled; uneven access to education and training across regions; and changes in union behaviour and influence.
Unlike other studies - which tend to assume changes to management, work and employment are relatively uniform across modernising parts of the economy - this book conveys the rich variety among contemporary China's local labour markets by looking at them, and the institutions that influence them, from the bottom-up. It focuses on other under-explored but emerging phenomena such as family-owned firms, the role of private services businesses, and the emergence of employer associations.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 332
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 23 mm
"This book is a very successful attempt to demystify the variety of China's workplace from the inside out, setting it off against approaches that assume this variety to be a natural derivative of China's economic transformation." - Yuning Gao, Newnham College, Cambridge University, The China Journal
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