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Visiting Fellow Profile

Bill Taylor 

Hong Kong

Bill TaylorBill Taylor is a visiting Fulbright Fellow for the academic year 2007-08 from the Department of Public and Social Administration, City University of Hong Kong. While at ILR Bill will research U.S. views of the politics of labor in China and teach a course on industrial relations in China. Bills research falls broadly within the area of the political economy of labor, and specific projects cover Japanese multinationals, Hong Kong investments in Vietnam and various aspects of labors’ interests in China. Bill, originally from the UK, has lived in Japan and Hong Kong, and comes to Ithaca with his family.


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Faculty Sponsor: Sarosh Kuruvilla
Visiting Dates: Sept 2007 thru August 2008.

Professor Taylor's 7-week course
ILRIC 630: HR Management and Employment Relations in China, October 1 through Nov 15, 2007

Aims to introduce students to the changing nature of employment practices in China, specifically human resource issues and the social organization of work in Mainland China. This will include an understanding of the of the historical, legal, political and social context in which employment relations takes place in contemporary China, to cultivate a critical understanding of the ways history, power and culture help define relationships between individuals in the enterprise. There will be a focus on understanding the variation in ER practices across different types of Chinese firms. Through this variation, students gain insights as to the way employment relations patterns impact individuals' lives and how employees respond to these forces.

- Bill Taylor

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