Industrial relations in European hypermarkets: insights from cross-national comparisons of home and host country influences

M. Geppert, K. Williams, M. Wortmann, J. Czarzasty, D. Kağnicioğlu, H.-D. Köhler, T. Royle, Y. Rueckert, B. Uçkan

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    Abstract

    In this article we examine the industrial relations practices of three large European food retailers when they transfer the hypermarket format to other countries. We ask, first, how industrial relations in hypermarkets differ from those in other food retailing outlets. Second, we examine how far the approach characteristic of each company’s country-of-origin (Germany, France and the UK) shapes the practices adopted elsewhere. Third, we ask how they respond to the specific industrial relations systems of each host country (Turkey, Poland, Ireland and Spain).
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)255-271
    Number of pages17
    JournalEuropean Journal of Industrial Relations
    Volume20
    Issue number3
    Early online date21 Jan 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2014

    Keywords

    • comparative industrial relations
    • Germany
    • France
    • hypermarkets
    • Ireland
    • multinational companies
    • Poland
    • Spain
    • Turkey
    • UK

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