Industrial Relations in the Korean Auto Industry: The Implications of Industrial Sector Requirements and Societal Effects for International Competitiveness

  • Ronald A. Rodgers
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The automobile industry is widely recognized as the world’s largest manufacturing industry and as the trend-setter for other industries (Womack, Jones and Roos, 1990). Besides providing many high-wage, high-value-added jobs, an integrated automobile industry also offers very extensive linkages to a wide array of supplier industries. The automobile industry may, thus, have the potential of contributing more than any other industrial sector to an advanced high-productivity national economy. But, though developing an automobile industry is a desirable goal, the barriers of entry are so formidable that no newly industrialized country other than the Republic of Korea has been able to foster the emergence of indigenous automobile manufacturers that have been able to become significant players in the international markets.


Labor Relation Industrial Relation International Competitiveness Auto Industry Labor Dispute 
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