The World of White Goods — Markets, Industry Structure and Dynamics

  • Theo Nichols
  • Surhan Cam
Part of the The Future of Work Series book series (TFW)


For some time it has been a common criticism of the widespread discussion of globalisation and the vast literature that fosters this that it lacks specificity and evidence. This is so both with respect to national variables and sector variation (ILO 1996; Hirst and Thompson 1996; Smith and Meiksins 1995). Such deficiencies are to be regretted because globalisation and related ideas about the emergence of a new international division of labour raise questions about the form and meaning of work. Such ideas should stimulate us to think about the range and scope of management strategies and forms of work organisation, the patterns of change and development occurring in different countries and the emergent character of paid work. Above all, they should drive us beyond the practice of what might be termed ‘research in one country’ but, for a variety of reasons, this is rarely the case. This book is intended as a contribution to overcoming some of these limitations by means of a single sector study. It focuses on the production, in different countries, of products that are increasingly familiar in both advanced and emergent economies — so called ‘white goods’. In this first chapter the emphasis is on providing a broad overview of the structure and dynamics of the industry and its market world-wide. The implications for labour feature more prominently in the country-specific chapters and in chapter 8.


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