Markku Sippola

Markku Sippola
University of Helsinki | HY · Faculty of Social Sciences

Doctor of Social Sciences

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January 2011 - December 2013
University of Eastern Finland
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  • PostDoc Position
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  • I carried out my post-doctoral research project "The Labour Process at Nordic Factories in Russia", funded by the Academy of Finland.

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Public services are suffering from exhausting working conditions and low wages. A part of the services are already in such a critical situation that their expenses will grow in any case, either under control or beyond control. This analysis elaborates on what implications political choices have for which direction the development of public service...
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Cultural capital can act as an asset for migrants in a host society, and it can be negotiated and validated in contact with the majority and minority population groups. These negotiations can occur discursively, such as in social media discussions. This study analyses minority members’ discursive social positioning in social media discussions that...
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The membership profile of Finnish trade unions has changed from male-dominated industrial workers to female-dominated service and public sector workers who are more highly educated. The Finnish labour market is strongly divided into female and male occupations and sectors, and these intersectional differences play an important part in the different...
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Transnational labour migration challenges collectivism as well as migrant workers’ labour market rights, due to employers’ strategies such as segregating workers, and the migrant workers’ individualistic strategies. This article, arguing that there are no intrinsic impediments to creating (instrumental) collectivist solutions encompassing both migr...
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The consequences of immigration for the welfare states has received increased attention by scholars and in political and media debates in Europe. However, migrants’ subjective understandings of the welfare state remains an understudied research topic. This study aims to address the topic by analysing the question in the Nordic context by looking at...
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Virolaiset on venäläisten ohella suurin maahanmuuttajaryhmä Suomessa. Tutkimuksista käy ilmi, että monien kriteerien mukaan virolaiset pärjäävät parhaiten suomalaisessa yhteiskunnassa verrattuna muihin maahanmuuttajaryhmiin. Tilastotiedot eivät kerro kuitenkaan virolaisväestön omakohtaisesta pärjäämisestä, eetoksesta ja asemasta suomalaisessa yhtei...
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This article analyses a project by Finnish and Estonian unions to adopt ‘organizing model’ strategies through establishing the transnational ‘Baltic Organising Academy’. Initially aimed at Estonian workplaces, successful campaigns inspired Finnish unions to copy the model in Finland. This cooperation was originally motivated by labour market interd...
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This article, published in Finnish journal Kanava, concerns European youth's values and sentiments towards welfare society and earning money. While there is no particular pattern of youth's voting behaviour in the West of Europe, young people in the East of Europe are more inclined to vote for populist and rightist parties. There is a paradox in th...
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The aim of this article is to analyse how different policies and actors have structured the current migrant labour regime in the Finnish construction sector and to discuss the consequences for migrants. Our study shows that a strong industrial relations system such as in Finland is able to curb the posting of workers regime (the most disadvantageou...
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This research concerns the labour–management relationship at Nordic-owned industrial enterprises in Russia. The analysis draws upon case study data from four unionized factories in the northwest region of Russia that represent different union–management (U-M) relationships representing varying degrees of confrontation and cooperation. Although the...
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The objective of this study is to explore human resource policies at seven Nordic-owned factories in Russia and how the concept of 'institutional bricolage', which assumes a certain kind of path-dependency, fits within the perceived human resource management (HRM) practices. The data for this study uses 60 interviews with workers, managers, and rep...
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In this chapter we look at trade union strategies for organizing posted workers in high-income European Union countries from the perspective of both unions and workers. We focus on construction as a sector characterized by highly fragmented labour relations, resulting from long and complex subcontracting chains and the use of agency workers, self-e...
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This article looks into habits of consumption on Russia's western border areas. After the description of current consumption patterns, we discuss the involvement of Russian shoppers into "consumption culture", theorised by Zygmunt Bauman. The empirics of this study cover the newly opened visa-free zones on border areas of the North-West Russia. We...
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Low levels of social protection under the framework of neo-liberal ideology have characterized Baltic welfare regimes since the 1991 restoration of independence in these countries. The policies’ negative social consequences intensified during the years of austerity, 2007–2009. Although there have been trade union protests against the measures, thes...
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New dynamics of the division of work and employment relations are emerging in the Nordic labour market. The use of flexi-time and agency and posted workers, typically of foreign origin, is becoming more widespread. Simultaneously, certain parts of manufacturing and construction processes are being standardized and relocated abroad. The present anal...
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The decentralization of collective bargaining raises important issues, especially in the Nordic countries, where collective bargaining is centralized at industry level. These countries also have a ‘single channel’ of representation through trade union structures at both national and workplace levels, in contrast to much of Europe where there is a f...
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Purpose – This research seeks to ask to what extent model transfer in employee relations (in terms of employee representation, participation and workplace bargaining) occurs between Nordic and Baltic countries from the principal firm to the subsidiary. It also looks into explanations as to why model transfer occurs – or does not occur – from the pe...
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This article argues, through analysing industrial relations at the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant construction site in Finland, that national unionism is inappropriately structured for the transnational construction industry. Olkiluoto 3 is being built by a French/German consortium employing mostly posted migrants via transnational subcontractors...
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This paper focuses on labour market segmentation between the Nordic and Baltic parts of the production process. The Baltic segment of the Nordic clothing firms' value chain is examined through an analysis of employee relations, work design and control over the labour process. Although the Nordic mode of the labour process is not analysed in this st...
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This study examines Nordic management styles in union and non-union industrial enterprises in the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) through case studies of nine Nordic subsidiary companies, based on on-site interviews with management and employees.1 1. Here, I refer to ‘Nordic’ countries denoting Denmark, Finland and Sweden, for the compan...

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This project was carried out at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies in 2004-2007, principal investigator Nathan Lillie. this project aimed to bridge the gap between parallel but separate debates on transnationalism and global governance. The first is the effort by labour studies scholars to understand the transnationalization of employers and unions, and the growth of global labour standard setting. The second is the debate in international relations about the growing importance of sub-national and private actors in global politics. The guiding hypotheses are that patterns of inter-union competition and cooperation shape union participation in sectoral global governance, influencing the characteristics of sectoral regimes, and that the development of democratic and legitimate global governance depends on the power of unions in global contexts.