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Employee Ownership, Participation and Representation in China

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Participation and Employee Ownership

Aims of the Special Issue

Since China joined the World Trade Organisation in 2001 it has been the fastest growing economy in the world.  Today it employs 780 million people and is the second largest economy in the world.  At current rates of growth it is set to be the biggest within the next decade.  Scholars and the Western media have focused on the “China Shock” – the impact of Chinese imports on labour markets and firms in the West.  Less attention has been devoted to the experiences of workers and the operation of firms in China.
This Special Issue is devoted to examining the latest data on the experiences of workers and firms’ operations in China.  We seek papers examining the Chinese labour market afresh with empirical studies tackling the opportunities and challenges China faces today, particularly in relation to employee ownership, participation and representation. 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Take up and implications of share option schemes for senior corporate executives in listed firms
  • The implications of state privatisation in the listed sector
  • The collective representation of workers in China, including the role of trade unions
  • The deployment of modern human resource management practices in both Chinese and foreign-owned firms in China
  • The role of worker cooperatives.