Human resource management in foreign-owned subsidiaries:China versus India

Björkman, Ingmar; Budhwar, Pawan S.; Smale, Adam and Sumelius, Jennie (2008). Human resource management in foreign-owned subsidiaries:China versus India. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 19 (5), pp. 964-978.

Abstract

This study examines the HRM practices and the role played by the HR department in foreign-owned units located in China and India. The study of 170 Western-owned subsidiaries analyses the extent to which the HRM practices associated with the local professionals and managerial-level employees resemble those of local firms versus those of the (main) Western parent organization, and investigates the degree to which the unit's HR department was perceived to play a strategic role. The results indicate clear differences between HRM characteristics in Western-owned units in China and India, and suggest that the use of expatriates and the background of the HR managers are important determinants of subsidiary HRM.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09585190801994180
Divisions: Aston Business School > Work & organisational psychology
Aston Business School > Work & organisational psychology research group
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Uncontrolled Keywords: China,global standardization,HR department,human resource management,HRM,India,local adaptation,multinational corporations,strategic,subsidiaries,Management of Technology and Innovation,Strategy and Management
Published Date: 2008-05

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