A Comment on "Working Conditions within Italian FCA Group Plants" by Matteo Gaddi


  • Adam Mrozowicki Institute of Sociology, University of Wroclaw http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5809-5036




Automotive Sector, Lean Production, Industrial Relations, Trade Unions, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles


The article is a commentary on the report by Matteo Gaddi (2020) on working conditions within Italian FCA Group. It reviews the commented paper with regards to research methodology and the presentation of the cases studied. It points to the need to explore the developments in the FCA in a broader institutional context of the Italian industrial relations as well as the global spread of the lean production as ideology and practice.


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How to Cite

Mrozowicki, A. (2020). A Comment on "Working Conditions within Italian FCA Group Plants" by Matteo Gaddi. Sociologica, 14(2), 299–302. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.1971-8853/11290