International Human Resource Management: Trends, Practices and Future Directions

Connie Zheng (Editor)
Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria, Australia

Series: Business Issues, Competition and Entrepreneurship
BISAC: BUS030000

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Effective international business operation is not possible without implementing best practices of international human resource management (HRM) to motivate, attract and retain global talent that can help achieve the organizational objectives and market competitive advantages of global firms. The complexity of international HRM among global firms is further epitomized by different cultural and institutional environments of home and host countries, whereby multinationals are operating. Multinational firms are required to constantly adopt new and emerging practices, and adapt to the changing local and global conditions for their effective business operation. Research in the field of international HRM must also keep up with the pace of MNCs’ practices in the real world.

This edited research book is aimed at addressing current trends and practices of international HRM of MNCs around the world. It also points to several challenges and future directions in the research and practice of international HRM within the context of international business. The collections in this volume cover several important and emerging topics within the field of international HRM. The main topics range from building a global HRM architecture via clarifying HR roles and responsibilities of multinational companies to developing multicultural teams with culturally-oriented strengths. Chapters also cover the interesting aspect of workplace friendship to facilitate effective expatriate adjustment; the complex process of managing global knowledge transfer between strategic alliance partners; and different perceptions to corporate social responsibility by persons with different cultural values. Both cultural impact on HRM design, delivery and institutional influence on differentiated HRM policies, and practices of MNCs between home and host countries are examined.

The diverse topics are competently discussed by leading scholars and researchers in the field of HRM. Using both qualitative and quantitative research approaches, the authors address trends, practices and challenges of international HRM in several countries, including Australia, China, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, and USA. The volume will be of interest to students, researchers and practitioners who would like to know the leading edge of research and practice in international management, human resource management, and cultural and institutional factors influencing multinationals’ operation in the global marketplace. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Chapter 1. Developmental Trends and Practices of International Human Resource Management
Connie Zheng (Deakin University, Victoria, Australia)

Chapter 2. HR Departments in Multinational Corporations
Maja Vidoviæ, Elaine Farndale (Rochester Institute of Technology, Croatia, and others)

Chapter 3. Strengths that Individualism and Collectivism Bring to Teams: ‘Strengths-Oriented’ HR Practices
Yuka Fujimoto, Charmine E. J. Hartel, Andre Pekerti (Sunway University, Malaysia, and others)

Chapter 4. Expatriates’ Commitment to Foreign Subsidiaries: Effects of Friendship Opportunities, Adjustment, and Length of Time on Current Assignment
Yuwen Liu, James S. Phillips (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, and others)

Chapter 5. International Knowledge Transfer and Management: The Case of Kodak-ITRI Collaboration
Frank J.W Shiu, Connie Zheng, Mei-chih Hu (Industry Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan, and others)

Chapter 6. International HR Management in Emerging Markets: Evidence from Thailand
Scott A. Hipsher (Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand)

Chapter 7. Influence of Ownership on MNC Subsidiary’s HRM Practices: The Case of Chinese Companies in Australia
Sera Ling Qi (Deakin University, Victoria, Australia)

Chapter 8. A Multinational Study of Corporate Social Responsibility: Perceived Importance, Value, and Impact on Applicant Attraction
Robert L. Engle (Quinnipiac University, USA)

Chapter 9. Future Directions of International Human Resource Management
Connie Zheng (Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria, Australia)

Index

“This book is a valuable and up-to-date contribution to the literature in the field of International HRM. It will surely appeal to both academics and students, as well as practitioners.” - Professor Malcolm Warner, Emeritus Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

“This volume brings together a very impressive list of topics and authors from the field of international HRM. The chapters are diverse in their coverage (from expatriate commitment to MNC applicant attraction, and from Chinese companies in Australia to HRM in Thailand, to name but a few), but share the common theme of understanding the internationalization of how people are managed globally. Concluding with future directions for IHRM research, the book opens new discussions in the field to which scholars are invited to respond.” - Professor Elaine Farndale, Center Director, Center for International Human Resource Studies, Pennsylvania State University

The volume will be of interest to students, researchers and practitioners who would like to know the leading edge of research and practice in international management, human resource management and cultural and institutional factors influencing multinationals’ operation in the global marketplace.

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