Samsung Research Guide Line

Researchers Meeting 2006

Please try to find information according to the criteria below. This is a guide line only for research process and process report. Therefore, this lacks historical or comparative perspective. In writing the final report, please try to reconstruct the development of particular capital (and labour) in richer context, showing how capital develops and labour recaptured/reacted in ‘time’ and spaces.

1.      Company

1.1Starting year
1.2 Locations
1.3 Initial investment and its origin (loan? Or pure FDI?)
1.4 Major products
1.5 Expansion of company
1.6 Evolution of business strategy,
1.7 Market relation (import/export), subcontracting & outsourcing
1.8 Close down cases, track whereabouts, why (move or closed down))

2.      Government policy

2.1 Central/local government investment (inward and outward)policies, including incentives (tax exemption, rebates, so on)and actual practice and legal loopholes
2.2 Investment process, responsible government department and agents for investment inward and outward
2.3 Economic Zone policies, if applicable
2.4 Bilateral or multilateral trade agreement
3.      Labour

3.1 Work force size
3.2 Gender composition (male, female)
3.3 Size of migrant workforce
3.4 Push & pull factors for rural urban migration
3.5 Skill level and educational background
3.6 Organization of work/social life+ implication from organizing, skill training, living style in community)
4.      Labour relations

4.1 Recruitment process
4.2 Employment contract (formal, contract, trainees, etc)
4.3 Management practice/factory rules and regulation – Human resource management (or practices of personnel department)
4.4 Wage system (monthly, daily, bonus, allowances, performance based payment, quotas)
4.5 Labour disputes cases (both individual and collective disputes, origin of the disputes, development and solution/consequences) – please include worker stories of struggles and also find any gendered forms of labour action?
4.6 Organized, unionized, or not? If organised, chronology of unionisation and methods of organising (inc. company, community sectoral, regional or international solidarity)
4.7 CBA or not? If any, strength and weakness of the CBA
4.8 Union structure, decision making process
4.9 TU law, EPZ practices, any other legal obstacles to form TU/org

 
5.      Working conditions

5.1 OSH and work environment
5.2 Working hours and shift
5.3 Meals and transportation

 
6.      Work organisations and labour process

6.1 Division of labour (between and within department)
6.2 Allocation of tasks
6.3 Supervising, line management and quality control
6.4 Hierarchy in work process
6.5 Work speed and intensity (including quota, unit per hours)
6.6 Description of work process

6.7 Machinery and automation

6.8 Gendered division of labour, If any, gendered working culture

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