Coordinated market economy/liberal employment relations: low cost competition in the German aviation industry

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Title Coordinated market economy/liberal employment relations: low cost competition in the German aviation industry
Author Barry, Michael John; Nienhueser, Werner
Journal Name International Journal of Human Resource Management
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This paper examines the German low cost airline industry by analysing how the growth of low cost competition has influenced the industry's pattern of employment relations. The paper highlights the role of Lufthansa, as both the traditional flag carrier and the leading site of employment relations within the German aviation sector. The paper explains how Lufthansa has positioned itself to face low cost competition by, among other initiatives, creating its own low cost subsidiary (Germanwings). Competitive pressures, stemming from the liberalization of European aviation and demand for low cost travel, have produced a marked divergence in this industry from the typical pattern of German employment relations. The paper explains this divergence by situating the case study within the varieties of capitalism literature.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585190903509522
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Routledge. This is an electronic version of an article published in International Journal of Human Resource Management Vol. 21(2), 2010, pp. 214-229. International Journal of Human Resource Management is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com with the open URL of your article.
Volume 21
Issue Number 2
Page from 214
Page to 229
ISSN 0958-5192
Date Accessioned 2010-12-10
Date Available 2011-07-26T09:29:31Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Business and Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/35662
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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