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Title: An Analysis of the Employment Relationships in a Subsidiary of a French Multinational Company using the Concept of the Psychological Contract
Author: Bill, Sue
ISNI:       0000 0001 3464 1138
Awarding Body: University of Ulster
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2008
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This primarily qualitative, in-depth, rich, longitudinal case study drawn from a position of embedded participant observation seeks to understand the nature of employment elationships in a subsidiary ofa French multinational company using the concept of the psychological contract. Underpinned by two quantitative employee surveys, this research is complex and two-dimensional, seeking to explore the Montupet case study company from French multinational parent down to N. Ireland host country subsidiary, whilst simultaneously analysing French influences, including the cadre hierarchy (Gordon, 1996) and external factors such as being a multinational and French industrial relations. Guest and Conway's (1998) model of the psychological contract is used as an exploratory vehicle, whilst Perlmutter's (1969) MNC model is used to analyse the hybrid Montupet Sa, with the study culminating in an original contribution to the field of study with a model developed by the researcher, influenced by Belanger and Giles (2001) MNC writings, that seeks to explain the links between characteristics of multinational companies, parent companies, host country subsidiaries, and the psychological contract,by examining factors at a macro, mezzo, and micro level. Key 1 findings include: French management styles differ to those found in Northern Ireland; the Montupet Group is not typically French; 'hybrid' influences occur in the subsidiary with some traditionally French, but predominantly atypically French influences being seen, and that Montupet UK Ltd. has adapted to many host country norms. The overall analysis shows a predominantly positive psychological contract, albeit some apparent anomalies arise within the results. The researcher explores these findings and seeks to explain them through the model developed, highlighting in the conclusion that Montupet's company philosophy, CPE, probably plays a significant role in shaping the employment relationships being experienced.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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