Fuchs, Martina, Westermeyer, Johannes, Finken, Lena ORCID: 0000-0002-1752-9766 and Pilz, Matthias ORCID: 0000-0002-7370-6915 (2021). Training activities in subsidiaries of foreign multinational companies: Local embeddedness in Germany? Int. J. Train. Dev., 25 (4). S. 414 - 433. HOBOKEN: WILEY. ISSN 1468-2419

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While labour geography notes that subsidiaries of multinational companies (MNCs) exploit workers, studies in vocational education show that the international subsidiaries perform education and training. Often, the latter strand of literature relates to cases of MNCs from countries with 'dual' apprenticeships that combine comprehensive vocational education and training (VET) of vocational schools/universities and companies. This is how VET is practiced in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The VET literature also explores how transfer of 'dual' practices from these countries of origin can contribute to skilling employees in the host countries. Starting from these conceptual approaches, this paper takes a different perspective. It asks how training activities of MNCs with headquarters in countries where companies hardly combine their in-house trainings with vocational schools, perform training activities in Germany where 'dual' apprenticeship is the prevalent institutional environment. Besides 'dual' VET, the study also includes MNCs' 'dually' coordinated training activities with universities. The topic of MNCs' training activities in such complex structured institutional environments has hardly been researched until now. Methodologically, the study is based on case studies and uses qualitative research approaches for the evaluation of interviews. The results illustrate a spectrum of different kinds of training by presenting three case studies and show how they relate to the particular institutional context in Germany. The discussion and conclusion integrate the results in further findings of the study and literature.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Finken, LenaUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-1752-9766UNSPECIFIED
Pilz, MatthiasUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-7370-6915UNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-567493
DOI: 10.1111/ijtd.12244
Journal or Publication Title: Int. J. Train. Dev.
Volume: 25
Number: 4
Page Range: S. 414 - 433
Date: 2021
Publisher: WILEY
Place of Publication: HOBOKEN
ISSN: 1468-2419
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
ManagementMultiple languages
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/56749


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