Economic Reform and Employment Relations in Vietnam

By Ngan Thuy Collins

© 2009 – Routledge

188 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

The transformation of the Vietnamese economy from socialist planning to a market economy has led to Vietnam having one of the fastest economic growth rates in the world; and to also to Vietnam engaging much more with the international economy, joining the World Trade Organisation in 2006. This book fills a significant gap by surveying the economic reforms in Vietnam, where most studies have concentrated on other ‘young tiger’ economies. In particular it discusses the transformation of employment relations which have been a key part of the reforms and a necessary pre-condition to WTO membership. It examines the nature of employment reforms, analyses the motivation behind new policy initiatives and examines the detail of reforms in a range of business enterprises, reporting on extensive original research. Throughout it shows how several key forces have interacted – globalisation, government political interests, national cultural norms, market, managerial ideology and the special characteristics of particular firms – to produce a particular Vietnamese brand of post-communist market economy. Overall, this book illuminates the how employment relation practices are formed in transitional economies, and more broadly the economic and political transformation of socialist economies in the context of the global market.

Table of Contents

1: Introduction 2: Globalization, transitional economies and transformation of ER 3: Doi moi and the transformation of the business sector 4: Reform of ER policies 5: Methodology and the profile of case studies 6: ER practices in enterprises 7: Enterprise response: initiation and implementation 8: Negotiation process: globalization, government and enterprises 9: Contribution and implication of the study

About the Author

Ngan Thuy Collins is a lecturer in the School of Management at RMIT University, Melbourne. Her research interests include globalization, transitional theories, comparative Human Resource Management and employment relations in East Asian Economies, and transformation of HRM and HRD in Vietnam during its economic reform.

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Routledge Studies in the Growth Economies of Asia

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of the growth economies of Asia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS068000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
POL011020
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Trade & Tariffs
POL033000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General