The Everyday Impact of Economic Reform in China: Management Change, Enterprise Performance and Daily Life

The Everyday Impact of Economic Reform in China: Management Change, Enterprise Performance and Daily Life

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During the past 30 years, China has undergone extensive economic reform, replacing the government’s administration of enterprises with increasing levels of market-oriented enterprise autonomy. At the heart of the reform are changes in the employment relationship, where state control has been superceded by market relationships. These reforms have had far-reaching implications for many aspects of everyday life in Chinese society. This book appraises the impact of the economic reforms on the employment relationship and, in turn, examines the effects on individual workers and their families, including salaries, working conditions and satisfaction, job security and disparities based on location, gender, age, skill, position and migrant status. In particular, it focuses on how changes in the employment relationship have affected the livelihood strategies of households. It explores the changing human resource management practices and employment relations in different types of enterprises: including State-Owned Enterprises, Foreign-Owned Enterprises and Domestic Private Enterprises; throughout different industries, focusing especially on textiles, clothing and footwear and the electronics industry; and in different regions and cities within China (Beijing, Haerbin, Lanzhou, Hangzhou, Wuhan and Kunming). Overall, this book provides a detailed account of the everyday implications of economic reform for individuals and families in China.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415428415
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/06/2010
Series: Routledge Studies in the Growth Economies of Asia Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Ying Zhu is Associate Professor in the Department of Management and Marketing, University of Melbourne, Australia. He is the co-editor of Trade Unions in Asia; Unemployment in Asia; and Management in Transitional Economies: From the Berlin Wall to the Great Wall of China (both published by Routledge). Michael Webber is Professorial Fellow in the School of Resource Management and Geography, University of Melbourne, Australia. He is the co-editor of China’s transition to a global economy and co-author of Global Restructuring: the Australian Experience. John Benson is Professor and Head of the School of Management at the University of South Australia. His most recent publications include (as co-editor) Unemployment in Asia; Asian Business: Women and Management; and Trade Unions in Asia (both published by Routledge).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Economic reform and its industrial and social impact 3. Management, workers and conditions of employment 4. Worker representation and emerging roles for trade unions 5. Enterprise performance and intangible management 6. Market-oriented economic reform and the quality of working life 7. Work, households and livelihoods 8. Economic reform and its impact on management, enterprises and workers

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