A critical review of human resource management studies (1978–2007) in the People's Republic of China

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Zheng, C and Lamond, David (2009) A critical review of human resource management studies (1978–2007) in the People's Republic of China. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 20 (11). pp. 2194-2227. ISSN 0958-5192 (print) 1466-4399 (online)


The study reviews the empirical studies on human resource management (HRM) practices in mainland China published in 26 leading international journals across the span of 30 years in the period 1978–2007. We intend to achieve three aims in this review: (1) to take an inventory of what have been done so far in the field of HRM studies in China; (2) to critically evaluate the development of Chinese HRM practices in the past 30 years; and (3) to identify research gaps for what needs to be done in the future. Along with this critical review, we also examine which research methods have been used in the empirical inquiries; where the research has been published; and who has made the most contribution in the field of Chinese HRM studies. We conclude that what is known is comparative rather than definitive, with HRM in China treated as a subset of international HRM, rather than as a mainstream issue. With a quarter of the world's population affected by an understanding of what constitutes better HRM in China, we call for a more inclusive, collaborative approach to further theorising and substantiating HRM studies by researchers inside and outside China.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7935
DOI 10.1080/09585190903239609
Official URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0958519...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Current > Division/Research > Other
Keywords ResPubID21965, China, human resource management, international, institutional, management, performance, personnel, work practices
Citations in Scopus 60 - View on Scopus
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