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Beyond Convergence: Constructing the Transnational High Tech Workplace in Ireland

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We explore the societal conditions of the convergence of production regimes, looking at the case of high tech industry in Ireland where a system of production and employment relations has emerged which is very close to that in the Silicon Valley region with which it has close links. US firms, supported by agencies within the Irish state, carved space out for the new model, but workers themselves often responded creatively such that many developed their own strategic embrace of team work and mobility as two sides of their career and working life, albeit under pressure and with significant costs. The Silicon Valley model of employment has become increasingly institutionalized through the emergence of a professional field where the model is increasingly taken as the natural and inevitable mode of organization of work and employment. The process of convergence has therefore involved the construction of new societal forms – not simply as a consequence of globalization, nor as a resistance against globalization, but as a condition of it. National industrial relations, and neo-corporatist negotiation, increasingly involves a complex process of intersectoral coordination – across sectors which often have significant transnational connections and influences. Globalisation does not ‘hollow out’ the national state but fragments it, posing new challenges for the governance of multiple, globally connected but locally embedded workplace regimes.

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Name: Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies
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O'Riain, Sean. "Beyond Convergence: Constructing the Transnational High Tech Workplace in Ireland" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Grand Plaza, Montreal, Canada, Apr 15, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p397463_index.html>

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O'Riain, S. , 2010-04-15 "Beyond Convergence: Constructing the Transnational High Tech Workplace in Ireland" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Grand Plaza, Montreal, Canada Online <PDF>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p397463_index.html

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Abstract: We explore the societal conditions of the convergence of production regimes, looking at the case of high tech industry in Ireland where a system of production and employment relations has emerged which is very close to that in the Silicon Valley region with which it has close links. US firms, supported by agencies within the Irish state, carved space out for the new model, but workers themselves often responded creatively such that many developed their own strategic embrace of team work and mobility as two sides of their career and working life, albeit under pressure and with significant costs. The Silicon Valley model of employment has become increasingly institutionalized through the emergence of a professional field where the model is increasingly taken as the natural and inevitable mode of organization of work and employment. The process of convergence has therefore involved the construction of new societal forms – not simply as a consequence of globalization, nor as a resistance against globalization, but as a condition of it. National industrial relations, and neo-corporatist negotiation, increasingly involves a complex process of intersectoral coordination – across sectors which often have significant transnational connections and influences. Globalisation does not ‘hollow out’ the national state but fragments it, posing new challenges for the governance of multiple, globally connected but locally embedded workplace regimes.


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