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Lordly Management and Its Discontents: 'Human Resource Management' in Pakistan

Saqib, Syed Imran and Allen, Matthew and Wood, Geoff (2021) 'Lordly Management and Its Discontents: 'Human Resource Management' in Pakistan.' Work, Employment and Society. ISSN 0950-0170 (In Press)

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Abstract

New institutionalism increasingly informs work on comparative human resource management (HRM),downplaying power and how competing logics play out and potentially providing an incomplete explanation of how and why ‘HRM’and associated practices vary in different national contexts. We examine ‘HRM’ in Pakistan’s banking industry and assess how managers’ espoused views of HRM practices reflect prevailing ones in dominant HRM models, and how they differ from early-career professionals’ perceptions of these practices. The cultural script of ‘seth’ influences managers’ implementation of HRM policies and competes with the espoused HRM logic. We argue that managers will pursue a ‘seth’ logic when managing employees, as it reproduces existing power differentials within companies. By doing so, they render ‘HRM’ unrecognizable from dominant models. Indeed, by using the term ‘HRM’, much of the existing, new institutionalism-influenced literature rationalizes a particular view of organizations and management that is inappropriate and analytically misleading in emerging economies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Culture, employee perceptions, HRM, institutional logics, new institutionalism, Pakistan
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2021 08:50
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2021 13:16
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29614

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