Networked coordination of industrial relations – NETWIR

The analysis of collective bargaining coordination has attracted the attention of scholars and policy-makers since the early 1990s, but has witnessed a renaissance more recently. Originally, ‘coordination’ was presented as a dimension of collective bargaining that was considered an alternative to ‘centralization’, as it focused on processes rather than structures. However, the reality was that all coordination indexes and scores have tended to reflect structural characteristics of collective bargaining, and have provided very little insights on the processes and relational aspects underpinning coordination.

Despite growing research on the comparative analysis of collective bargaining coordination and its impact, we still lack deeper knowledge about: the mechanisms sustaining coordination; how information flows between actors in the collective bargaining structure; the exact role played by different organisations / actors; the way in which actors and the different levels of the collective bargaining structure are articulated, including the national and trans-national. Against this background, the NETWIR project aims to shed light on actual mechanisms that industrial relations actors deploy to solve coordination problems by applying a new methodology to the field of industrial relations and in particular, to the analysis of collective bargaining coordination, the Social Network Analysis.

Start date: 01/02/2018
Finish date: 30/07/2020
Funding: DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Reference: VS/2018/0023
Principal investigator: Oscar Molina
Team: Alejandro Godino, Joan Miquel Verd, Joel Martí, Víctor Arroyo

Project Website: NETWIR

Project results available in DDD collection


Molina Romo, Óscar & Guardiancich, Igor. (2017). Organising and representing hard-to-organise workers : Implications for Turkey. Geneve: International Labour Organization

Molina Romo, Óscar & Godino, Alejandro (2020). Industrial relations in deep water : the Spanish public sector during the crisis. In: Working under pressure. Employment, job quality and labour relations in Europe’s public sector since the crisis. Brussels: ETUI.

Rodriguez Contreras, Ricardo; Molina Romo, Óscar; Leonardi, Salvo; [et al.]. (2022). Moving with the times: emerging practices and provisions in collective bargaining. Luxemburg: Publications Office of the European Union

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