The dynamic interaction between internal and external pressures for MNCs’ HR management practices: The case of Lidl Finland
Skippari, M., Geppert, M., Williams, K., & Rusanen, O. (2014). The dynamic interaction between internal and external pressures for MNCs’ HR management practices: The case of Lidl Finland. In T. Isidorsson (Ed.), Threats and Possibilities Facing Nordic Working Life : The 7th Nordic Working Life Conference, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, June 11-13, 2014. Book of Abstracts and Programme (pp. 207-208). University of Gothenburg. http://nwlc2014.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Book-of-Abstracts-and-Programme-NWLC2014-A5-140609.pdf
In this paper we build on the debates on cross-national transfer of management practices in MNCs, and especially examine how internal and external institutional pressures shape the way MNCs’ HRM practices evolve upon new market entry. In our longitudinal case study we examine the evolution of multinational hard discounter Lidl’s labour relations in Finland between 2002-2012. We show how Lidl Finland’s entry to Finnish markets was labelled by constant struggles between cross-border standardization and local adaptation of labour practices. We identify several tactics employed by Lidl management in order to weaken the effects of institutional pressures. Our analysis emphasises the dynamic interplay between labour market institutions and Lidl’s global retail strategy.
PublisherUniversity of Gothenburg
Parent publication ISBN978-91-981195-5-8
ConferenceNordic Working Life Conference
Is part of publicationThreats and Possibilities Facing Nordic Working Life : The 7th Nordic Working Life Conference, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, June 11-13, 2014. Book of Abstracts and Programme
NB.Esitetty konferenssissa: The 7th Nordic Working Life Conference, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, June 11-13, 2014.
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