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Title: Global supply chains and social relations at work: Brokering across boundaries
Authors: Reinecke, Juliane
Donaghey, Jimmy
Wilkinson, Adrian
Wood, Geoffrey
Keywords: Boundary work
Global governance
Global production networks
Global supply chains
Global value chains
Social relations at work
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: © The Authors. Published by Sage.
Citation: REINECKE, J. ...et al., 2018. Global supply chains and social relations at work: Brokering across boundaries. Human Relations, 71(4), pp. 459-480.
Abstract: © 2018, © The Author(s) 2018. Global supply chains are not just instruments for the exchange of economic goods and flow of capital across borders. They also connect people in unprecedented ways across social and cultural boundaries and have created new, interrelated webs of social relationships that are socially embedded. However, most of the existing theories of work are mainly based at the level of the corporation, not on the network of relations that interlink them, and how this may impact on work and employment relations. We argue that this web of relations should not just be seen in economic, but also social terms, and that the former are embedded and enabled by the latter. This article argues for the value of focusing on the role of brokers and boundary workers in mediating social relat ions across global supply chains. It develops four approaches that lie on a spectrum from structural perspectives focused on brokers who link otherwise unconnected actors to more constructivist ones focused on boundary workers performing translation work between domains.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Human Relations and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726718756497
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/0018726718756497
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/33292
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726718756497
ISSN: 0018-7267
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