The Multi-Dimensions of Industrial Relations in the Asian Knowledge-Based Economies

The Multi-Dimensions of Industrial Relations in the Asian Knowledge-Based Economies

1st Edition - June 10, 2010

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  • Editors: Sununta Siengthai, John Lawler, Chris Rowley, Hiromasa Suzuki
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780632438
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081014486

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This collection of work by leading scholars investigates the impact of the globalization process on some selected Asian economies and societies. With particular focus on the role of institutional factors such as labour unions or workers’ associations, case studies are presented on labour-management relations at the workplace that have evolved to cope with globalization. The cases describe labour institutions in the society as a social force that acts as a catalyst for societal democracy and for industrial democracy at the workplace. These cases provide descriptions of the changes in the management’s stance and approaches towards labour unions in the selected countries as well as at the organizational level over the last three decades when much of the industrialization process has occurred in Asia.

Key Features

  • A case study approach which enhances analytical and problem-solving skills of students
  • A focus on the impact of globalization process in the East and Southeast Asia which is becoming more significant in the new economy
  • Prepared by local Asian research scholars


Students and academics in Asian studies

Table of Contents

  • Part 1 Introduction: History and development of contemporary China–ASEAN relations; Asian approaches and contributions to international law. Part 2 Compliance with and implementation of international law: Legal framework for the development of China–ASEAN relations; Law and economic integration; Law and cooperation for the Greater Mekong River sub-region; Law for the protection of the environment; Law tackling non-traditional security issues; Law governing the South China Sea issue. Part 3 Bilateral relations between China and individual ASEAN countries: China’s possible role in Myanmar’s national reconciliation.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 288
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2010
  • Published: June 10, 2010
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780632438
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081014486

About the Editors

Sununta Siengthai

Dr Sununta Siengthai has been a full-time associate professor of the School of Management, Asian Institute of Technology (A.I.T.) since 1999.

Affiliations and Expertise

Asian Institute of Technology (A.I.T.), Thailand

John Lawler

Dr John J. Lawler is currently a Full Professor of the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Chris Rowley

Professor Chris Rowley has affiliations at IHCR, Korea University, Korea and IBAS, Griffith University, Australia as well as IAPS, Nottingham University, UK and Cass Business School, City University, London, UK and has been a Korea Foundation Research Fellow. He is Editor of the journals Asia Pacific Business Review and Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management and also Series Editor of the Working in Asia and Asian Studies book series. He has given a range of talks and lectures to universities and companies internationally, with research and consultancy experience with unions, business and government. He has published widely in the area of Human Resource Management and Asian business, with over 500 articles, books and chapters and practitioner pieces as well as being interviewed and quoted in a range of practitioner reports and magazines, radio and newspapers globally.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professorial Fellow, Institute of Hallyu Convergence Research, Korea University, Korea, Adjunct Professor, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Australia Visiting Fellow, Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies, Nottingham University, UK and Professor, Cass Business School, City University, London, UK

Hiromasa Suzuki

Dr Hiromasa Suzuki is Professor of Labor Economics at the Waseda University, Faculty of Commerce, Tokyo (Japan).

Affiliations and Expertise

Waseda University, Japan

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