Unternehmensstrategien und Partizipation der Beschäftigten in einem Clusterbildungsprozess - die Entwicklung der Mikrosystemtechnik im Raum Dortmund als Fallbeispiel

Jonas, Michael and Berner, Marion (September 2004) Unternehmensstrategien und Partizipation der Beschäftigten in einem Clusterbildungsprozess - die Entwicklung der Mikrosystemtechnik im Raum Dortmund als Fallbeispiel. IHS Sociological Series 66

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Abstract: European governments, associations of employers and trade unions have been paying attention to cluster building processes in high-technology fields for several years. In North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany) regional and local governments spenda lot of money to foster the set up of a microsystem cluster in the old industrial region of Dortmund. Here, approximately twenty small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) employed about 1.600 people in 2003. Basic questions to be answered are whichrole management strategies play, how important the knowledge and participation of employees is in this process and how relevant regional interactions between the academic and the private sector are. On the basis of an empirical investigation it is possible to answer these questions. A common aspect of all companies in the Dortmund region is the pressure to reorganise, which is based on a mix of continuous factors such as expansion processes, market changes and changes of organisational structure. Apart from these common aspects, central aspects of work processes and firm strategies differ substantially between three types of companies, the 'newcomer', the 'invention centre' and the 'all-round company'. The description of the three types allows a deeper insight into business strategies and the situation of employees. Although there are differences between these types, it seems to be clear that the employees' knowledge and their possibilities of direct and indirect participation are important factors - despite of the lack of elected work councils or other types of formal representation in most cases.;

Item Type: IHS Series
Keywords: 'Cluster' 'Mikrosystemtechnologie' 'Partizipation' 'Technologietransfer' 'Microsystems' 'Participation' 'Technology Transfer'
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 10:38
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2017 19:59
URI: http://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/1589

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