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Marco Hauptmeier, ILR Ph.D. Candidate

Marco HauptmeierMarco Hauptmeier received an International Experience Grant for his dissertation project "Plant and Company Bargaining in the U.S., German, and Spanish Automobile Industries." Marco will conduct a research trip to Spain in Fall 2005. Since January 2005, he has been a visiting Ph.D. student at the Max-Planck-Institute in Cologne preparing his field research in Germany and Spain.

Marco's dissertation project examines and compares plant and company bargaining in the U.S., German, and Spanish automobile industries. The present situation in the U.S. has evolved from a market-regulated industrial relations system with decentralized collective bargaining. In Germany, it has evolved from a corporatist industrial relations system with centralized, sectoral collective bargaining. In Spain, it has evolved from a statist industrial relations system with multi-level collective bargaining. According to institutional literature, institutions shape processes, outcomes, and actor's choices in industrial relations. Thus, different national institutions are supposed to result in significant variation. This leads to the key question of his dissertation: Why is a convergence of processes and outcomes of plant and company bargaining in the U.S., German and Spanish automobile industries taking place despite very different institutions in the three countries?

The research design is a cross-country sectoral comparison. Using quantitative as well as qualitative research methods, the central element are matched case studies across national industries mainly based on practitioner and expert interviews. ILR Professor Lowell Turner chairs Marco's dissertation committee.

- Marco Hauptmeier

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