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

Khan, Zaheer and Wood, Geoffrey and Tarba, Shlomo Y and Rao-Nicholson, Rekha and He, Shaowei (2018) 'Human Resource Management in Chinese Multinationals in the UK: The Interplay of Institutions, Culture and Strategic Choice.' Human Resource Management. ISSN 0090-4848

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Abstract

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
Uncontrolled Keywords: China outward FDI, Chinese MNEs, HRM practices, boundary spanning employees, expatriates integration, standardization, adaptation, comparative institutional analysis, culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD58.7 Organizational behavior, change and effectiveness. Corporate culture
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2018 09:32
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 21:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22568

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