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In this talk, Dr Rutvica Andrijasevic will draw on the original fieldwork of Foxconn electronics assembly plants in Europe to discuss the reasons why the current cross-border expansion of manufacturing from Greater China to Europe urges us to rethink existing conceptualisations of the new international division of labour and that of the organisation of production based on the separation between productive and reproductive spheres. By taking a close look at how Foxconn organises its production in its European plants, she will detail novel forms of control over the workforce that are an outcome of several factors: firm’s home country management practices, host country’s institutional factors and workers’ transnational mobility. In doing so, her aim is two-fold. Firstly, to show the similarity, rather than the difference, between the organisation of production in parts of the world (i.e. China and Europe) that might be considered opposite in their managerial practices and the treatment of the workforce. Secondly, to posit migrant labour as a determinant of how capital organises its operations rather than simply a sedentary ‘object’ of managerial control that is already formed and available in the sites where global firms establish themselves.