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Foxconn beyond China: Capital-labour relations as co-determinants of global organisation of production
Foxconn, a Taiwanese-owned firm, is the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer and best known for the harsh working conditions at its mainland Chinese factories. In addition to its 32 factories in mainland China, Foxconn’s has more than 200 subsidiaries around the world. Based on fieldwork in Eastern Europe, where Foxconn located its European assembly plants, this talk will examine firm’s internationalization, namely the process by which the firm expands and subsequently organizes its operations in its overseas branch plants. The argument put forward is that investigations of internationalization focus typically on the firm’s internal management system neglecting the role of workers in shaping the firm’s strategies of labour management and organization of production. By showing the ways in which capital and labour co-determine processes of capitalist expansion, this talk aims to overcome the limitations resulting from internationalization theories’ traditional focus on the firm and its management.