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Global Retailers, Global Strategies

Project Leader: Professor Chris Tilly, Department of Regional Economic and Social Development

Research Personnel

Amanda Enrico, BA, Michigan State University. Enrico has studied small business, the informal sector, and family survival strategies in Mexico.

Professor Chris Tilly, PhD in Economics and Urban Studies and Planning, MIT. Tilly has done extensive research on work and community development in the United States and Mexico.

The rapid growth of Wal-Mart has directed attention in the United States to the growing importance of retailers in global supply chains. But Wal-Mart is only one of a number of expanding, increasingly powerful global retailers. Carrefour, Metro, Tesco, Ahold, and others are buying supermarket chains, building stores, and contracting with suppliers all over the world. In this research, we are beginning to characterize the changing structure of global retail, and to examine the impact of rapid globalization in this sector, particularly for jobs in the sector.

Publications (download pdf files)

Wal-Mart and its workers: NOT the same all over the world.” Connecticut Law Review, May 2007.

Global restructuring in retail: What impact on labor?” (published in Korean) International Labor Brief (Korea Labor Institute, Seoul), Fall 2007.

“National institutions meet big-box retailers: Retail jobs in comparative perspective.” Françoise Carré, Chris Tilly, Maarten van Klavern, and Dorothea Voss-Dahm. Russell Sage Foundation Project on Low-Wage Work in the United States and Europe. December 2007.