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Human Resource Management in Chinese Multinationals in the UK: The Interplay of Institutions, Culture and Strategic Choice

Khan, Zaheer, Wood, Geoffrey, Tarba, Shlomo Y., Rao-Nicholson, Rekha, He, Shaowei (2018) Human Resource Management in Chinese Multinationals in the UK: The Interplay of Institutions, Culture and Strategic Choice. Human Resource Management, 58 (5). pp. 473-487. ISSN 0090-4848. E-ISSN 1099-050X. (doi:10.1002/hrm.21935) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:67352)

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This is a study of the challenges faced by Chinese expatriate managers and their strategic responses in securing a workable degree of alignment in UK subsidiaries, against a backdrop of competing home and host country pressures. Although much of the literature on home and host country effects tends to either adopt a culture or an institutional approach this study highlights the intermeshed nature of the two. In locating cultural dynamics within an institutional firmament, this study juxtaposes the effects of each, and draws conclusions as to their intersection. It is founded on in-depth interviews with home and host country managers. The findings suggest, on the one hand, Chinese expatriate managers tended to see local regulations as an obstacle to efficiency, rather than as a means to access context specific complementarities. On the other hand, these managers recognized the need to fit in with established locally specific ways of doing things and in securing sufficient staff buy in to sustain operations, and played a key intermediary role between HQ and subsidiary.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/hrm.21935
Uncontrolled keywords: China outward FDI, Chinese MNEs, HRM practices, boundary spanning employees, standardization, adaptation, comparative institutional analysis, culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5351 Business
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Zaheer Khan
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2018 12:36 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2020 12:29 UTC
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