1st Edition

Employment Relations in the Growing Asian Economies

Edited By Thomas Kochan, Russell Lansbury, Anil Verma Copyright 1995

    This book analyses the role of employment relations in the context of economic development in some of the key Asian economies: China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, the Phillipines, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.
    In recent years, these Asian economies have become increasingly more open and export-driven, and there is strong interest all over the world in the Asian economic `miracle' among practitioners and scholars alike. Although much has been written on this region, few books have concentrated on the human resource aspects of this growth. The authors build on the basic premise that the initial success of these countries has lain in low wages and suppression of workers' rights. However, they point out that as employment relations evolve enterprises will either pull out due to rising wages, or stay and prosper by adapting to higher wages. Cases are provided to illustrate both of these features.
    The evidence in the book suggests that unless a synergy is created between firm-level and state-level human resource policies in areas such as skill formation and workers' need for voice, economic growth is unlikely to be sustainable.

    List of figures List of tables Notes on contributors Preface 1 Employment relations in an era of global markets: a conceptual framework chapter Anil Verma, Thomas A. Kochan and Russell D. Lansbury 2 Economic development, globalization, and practices in industrial relations and human resource management in Korea Young-bum Park and Michael Byungnam Lee 3 The development of industrial relations strategy in Singapore Chew Soon Beng and Rosalind Chew 4 Economic development and the evolution of industrial relations in Taiwan, 1950-1993 Joseph S. Lee 5 From an industrial to a post-industrial economy: challenges for human resource management in Hong Kong David A. Levin and Ng Sek-Hong 6 Economic development strategy, government labour policy and firm-level industrial relations practices in Malaysia Sarosh Kuruvilla and Ponniah Arudsothy 7 Philippine industrialization and industrial relations Rene E. Ofreneo 8 Economic liberalization and the transformation of industrial policies in India C.S. Venkata Ratnam 9 The changing face of human resource management in China: opportunities, problems and strategies Anil Verma, Yan Zhiming and Chen Zhufeng 10 Lessons from the Asian experience: a summary Anil Verma, Thomas A. Kochan and Russell D. Lansbury


    Thomas Kochan, Russell Lansbury, Anil Verma