Are industrial districts beautiful? A multi level study of work and industrial relations in Herning-Ikast and Prato

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dc.contributor.author HOLTEN, Anne-Louise
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-27T10:04:32Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-27T10:04:32Z
dc.date.created 2008 en
dc.date.issued 2008 en
dc.identifier.citation Florence, European University Institute, 2008
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/10446
dc.description Defense date: 03/06/2008 en
dc.description Examining Board: Colin Crouch (Univ. Warwick) (Supervisor), Peer Hull Kristensen (Copenhagen Business School), Michael Keating (EUI), Carlo Trigilia (Univ. Firenze) en
dc.description.abstract This thesis investigates work and industrial relations in the Herning-Ikast and Prato textile and clothing industrial districts (IDs). It offers a multilevel, empirical investigation of employee working conditions and industrial relations comparing ID and non-ID firms. The study includes employers and employees in 78 firms. Three main work-related elements are examined. First, the antecedents of employees’ positive perception of unions and union membership are explored. Second, central aspects related to employee functional flexibility (i.e. changing tasks and positions within the firm) are investigated. Finally, elements determining the degree of employees’ positive evaluation of their job in terms of opportunities for learning and development and general contentment are investigated. All three elements are analysed by comparing ID/non-ID firms and Danish/Italian firms. Questions related to work in family firms are also raised. The findings reveal that employees in family firms to a lesser extent were members of unions and reported being less functionally flexible. Moreover, the number of family member employees in a firm was negatively related to employees’ positive job evaluation. A trend toward better social relations in ID firms is seen. Findings show a lower degree of functional flexibility exerted by ID employees, suggesting the importance of alternative flexibility types in ID firms. Important national differences are seen, possibly reflecting the different ways in which the textile and clothing sector has developed as well as a more longstanding Danish tradition of focusing on the improvement of employees’ psychosocial working conditions. Findings also indicate that the degree to which the ID industrial relations vary from the national industrial relations models is dissimilar for Herning-Ikast and Prato. In view of the findings of this thesis the generalisability, transferability and future of the phenomenon of industrial districts is discussed. en
dc.format.medium Paper en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI PhD theses en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Department of Political and Social Sciences en
dc.subject.lcsh Industrial districts -- Italy
dc.subject.lcsh Industrial districts -- Denmark
dc.subject.lcsh Industrial relations -- Italy
dc.subject.lcsh Industrial relations -- Denmark
dc.title Are industrial districts beautiful? A multi level study of work and industrial relations in Herning-Ikast and Prato en
dc.type Thesis en
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