13040 Labor Relations in an Era of Globalization

Credits: 3 graduate credits in Business Administration / Organizational Behavior in Management or in Democracy Studies / Government and Public Policy

Prerequisites for the MBA: Operations Research, Accounting for Managers, Marketing, Management and Organizational Behavior, Financial Management, Corporate Law for Managers, Competitive Business Strategy

Prerequisites for Democracy Studies: Democracy: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Israeli Democracy: Selected Issues, Contemporary Democratic Theories, Selected Topics in Public Policy

The course is based on a reader edited by Amnon Caspi and Ruth Kastiel.

Objectives: Globalization, characterized by the free passage of goods, capital and workers, erodes the sovereign control of the state in the local economy. Is interaction between globalization and employment markets possible? How do local and international unions and employer organizations deal with this phenomenon? What are the tools for determining employment conditions and wages in the new age? The fate of strikes? The course aims to address these questions and to examine how different countries contend with the new situation.

Topics: Employers and unions in Israel, Germany, the US, Ireland and countries in Southeast Asia; Negotiations changing trends; Tools for determining employment conditions and wages; Labor disputes and conflict-resolution mechanisms; Strikes and labor disputes; Employee participation; Theories of labor relations.