Chapter 2

Industrial Relations in the Turbulent Times

Sununta Siengthai

1 INTRODUCTION

It is evident that industrial relations during the post-financial crisis period in some selected Asian knowledge-based economies are being transformed. All of the selected economies in this study are experiencing rapid economic and societal changes. Much of this is evidently a consequence of the globalization process which comes with increasing foreign competition, deregulation and advanced technologies, particularly, information and communications technology (ICT). Knowledge is becoming more essential to maintain a country’s competitiveness in the new ICT environments (Tushman and Nadler, 1986). Some scholars also argue that firms are increasingly dependent ...

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