The transfer of HRM policies and practices to a transitional business system: the case of performance management practices in the US and Japanese MNEs operating in Vietnam

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Vo, Anne and Stanton, Pauline (2011) The transfer of HRM policies and practices to a transitional business system: the case of performance management practices in the US and Japanese MNEs operating in Vietnam. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 22 (17). pp. 3513-3527. ISSN 0958-5192 (print) 1466-4399 (online)

Abstract

This paper focuses on employee performance management (PM) to explore how multinational enterprises (MNEs) localise their human resources within their subsidiaries in a developing country. It uses qualitative research methods to examine four US and four Japanese MNEs operating in Vietnam. The paper identifies both home and host country effects as significant factors in the transfer of MNEs' PM policies and practices. The US firms emphasised financial and non-financial measurements and utilised a wide range of PM management tools and techniques. These techniques, despite being unfamiliar in Vietnam and possibly considered incompatible with Vietnamese culture, were transferred successfully to the Vietnamese subsidiaries. The Japanese firms' PM approach was characterised by a more informal form of regular performance review, within a strictly top-down process and which suffered from accusations of bias and lack of transparency by Vietnamese respondents. This paper argues that the transitional period in Vietnam from a centrally planned economy to a market-oriented one has made the national business system more receptive to new and seemingly contrasting practices. It provides no evidence to support the argument that transfer of practices is more likely, where the cultures of the countries involved are relatively similar.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9346
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2011.560876
Official URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0958519...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > SEO Classification > 9104 Management and Productivity
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Faculty of Business and Law
Keywords ResPubID24165, institutionalism, performance management, Vietnam
Citations in Scopus 37 - View on Scopus
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