Research Strategy and Design

  • Thomas Haipeter
  • Markus Hertwig
  • Sophie Rosenbohm


The core of the empirical research for this study consists of case studies of employee representation arrangements in ten multinational companies (MNCs), with their headquarters in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and the UK. The sample comprises companies from manufacturing (automotive, chemicals, medical technology, metalworking, rubber) and service sectors (delivery/logistics, finance, transport, retail). The focus of the study is on periods of restructuring as it is assumed that these constitute situations where articulation between representational actors and bodies is most crucial. The case studies are based on semi-structured interviews with 65 employee representatives and trade union officials. In each case study, interviewees from different countries were obtained.


Empirical setting Theoretical sampling Multinational companies Case-study research Semi-structured interviews Company restructuring 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Haipeter
    • 1
  • Markus Hertwig
    • 2
  • Sophie Rosenbohm
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Work, Skills and TrainingUniversity of Duisburg-EssenDuisburgGermany
  2. 2.Chemnitz University of TechnologyChemnitzGermany

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