This book explores the diversity and dynamism of China’s workplaces and of the wider labour market experiences of its workforce. Drawing on the authors’ extensive recent research, it considers a diverse range of issues and types of workplaces. These changes include: the continuing spread of market-oriented human resource management across public and private sector organisations; greater employment rights for workers; local diversity in regulatory control alongside the governmental priority of a ‘harmonious society’; persistent shortages of skilled labour co-existing with vast underemployment amongst the unskilled; uneven access to education and training across regions; and changes in union behaviour and influence.
Unlike other studies - which tend to assume changes to management, work and employment are relatively uniform across modernising parts of the economy - this book conveys the rich variety among contemporary China’s local labour markets by looking at them, and the institutions that influence them, from the bottom-up. It focuses on other under-explored but emerging phenomena such as family-owned firms, the role of private services businesses, and the emergence of employer associations.
Figures Tables Notes on Contributors Preface Abbreviations Introduction: China’s Changing Workplace: Dynamism, Diversity and Disparity - Peter Sheldon, Sunghoon Kim, Yiqiong Li and Malcolm Warner Part I. Putting Change In Context 1. Transition To A Socialist Market Economy: Factor Markets, Management And Human Resources In China - Malcolm Warner & Grace Lee 2. Chinese Business Systems And The Challenges Of Transition - Gordon Redding & Michael Witt 3. Changing Legislative And Institutional Arrangements Facing China’s Workplace - Hans Hendrischke Part II. Emerging Dynamics In Labor Markets 4. Change And Continuity In China’s Urban Workforce: Recent Trends - Beibei Tang 5. Local Labour Markets - Yiqiong Li, Peter Sheldon, & David Morgan 6. Education, Training And Skills - Yiqiong Li, Peter Sheldon and Jian-Min Sun 7. Skill Shortages: Where Labour Supply Problems Meet Employee Poaching - Yiqiong Li & Peter Sheldon 8. Remaking China’s Working Class: Gongren And Nongmingong - Luigi Tomba Part III. China’s Changing Workplace: Emerging Divergence 9. Human Resource Management And Employment Relations In State-Owned Enterprises- Shuming Zhao and Wansi Chen 10. Foreign Invested Firms And Their Human Resource Management: Beyond Early Transition Period - Sunghoon Kim and Sunwook Chung 11. People Management Practices In Family Firms - Youngok Kim, Xiaobei Li and Fei Yi Gao 12. HRM And Employment In The Service Industry - Bing Bai and Jian-Min Sun Part IV. Change, Divergence And Disparity: Some Consequences 13. Institutional Conditions For Organising Decent Work In Global Production Networks - Steve Frenkel & Jörg Sydow 14. Labour Market Disparities And Inequalities - Fang Lee Cooke 15. Changing Chinese Trade Unions: A Three Level Analysis - Mingwei Liu, Chunyun Li and Sunghoon Kim 16. Employer Coordination And Employer Associations - Chang-hee Lee, Peter Sheldon & Yiqiong Li
"This book is a very successful attempt to demystify the variety of China’s workplace from the inside out, setting it off against approaches that assume this variety to be a natural derivative of China’s economic transformation." - Yuning Gao, Newnham College, Cambridge University, The China Journal