Downsizing the danwei: Chinese state-enterprise reform and the surplus labour question

J. Hassard, J. Morris, J. Sheehan, Yuxin Xiao

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    Abstract

    The Chinese economic reform process has engendered significant changes in the structure and management of work organizations. Central to the process has been the 'corporatization' of the danwei, or state-owned enterprises (SOEs). This paper examines the progress made in the current round of state-enterprise corporate reform - based on the Modern Enterprise and Group Company systems - and extends this to discuss the major social consequences of such large-scale enterprise restructuring. Drawing on interview data from eight large SOEs in the steel industry, we assess the extent to which the aims of reducing government interference in the running of SOEs, developing a sense of enterprise, and achieving cost reductions and productivity improvements through large-scale workforce reductions can be achieved in the present reform-induced climate of labour unrest and incipient political instability.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1441-1455
    Number of pages14
    JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
    Volume17
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

    Keywords

    • state-owned enterprises
    • China
    • restructuring
    • steel industry
    • labour unrest

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    Downsizing the danwei: Chinese state-enterprise reform and the surplus labour question. / Hassard, J.; Morris, J.; Sheehan, J.; Xiao, Yuxin.

    In: International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol. 17, No. 8, 2006, p. 1441-1455.

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    Hassard, J. ; Morris, J. ; Sheehan, J. ; Xiao, Yuxin. / Downsizing the danwei: Chinese state-enterprise reform and the surplus labour question. In: International Journal of Human Resource Management. 2006 ; Vol. 17, No. 8. pp. 1441-1455.
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