HR practices from the perspective of managers and employees in multinational enterprises in China: Alignment issues and implications

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Zhu, Cherrie Jiuhua, Cooper, Brian K, Fan, Di and De Cieri, Helen (2012) HR practices from the perspective of managers and employees in multinational enterprises in China: Alignment issues and implications. Journal of World Business, 48 (2). pp. 241-250. ISSN 1090-9516

Abstract

China's significance as a destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) is a major factor in Asia-Pacific economic growth. This paper identifies important yet unexplored matters of human resource management (HRM) in multinational enterprise (MNE) subsidiaries in China. Specifically, the study explores the alignment issues between managers and employees with respect to their knowledge of HR practices, their experience of HR practices, and their perceived effectiveness of HR practices. Both interviews and a survey covering seven MNE subsidiaries operating in China finds a lack of alignment between managers and employees in each instance, for example, in their views of intended and actual HR practices and perceived effectiveness of these practices in the areas of performance assessment, recruitment and selection and career development. The implications of the differences for managers of MNEs operating in China are identified and discussed. The limitations of the study are acknowledged and areas for further study are also suggested.

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Journal of World Business formerly known as The Columbia Journal of World Business

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/23257
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2012.07.008
Official URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Business
Keywords ResPubID25708, HR practices, multinational enterprises, China, managerial and employee perspectives
Citations in Scopus 31 - View on Scopus
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