Human resource management and the globalness of firms: An empirical study in China

Ji LI*, Gongming Qian, Stacy Liao, Chris W.L. Chu

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    This study tests the relationship between what we call a firm's globalness and its commitment to human resource management in its host countries. It is argued that the globalness of firms is positively influenced by their commitment to - or investment in - human resource management in their host countries. Data were collected from a list of the World's Most Admired Companies ranked by Fortune magazine (2003-2006). The results from data analyses suggest that the human resource management of multinational corporations in their host countries does indeed influence their globalness ranking. The study concludes with a discussion of the implications of the findings for practitioners and academic researchers.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)828-839
    Number of pages12
    JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - May 2008

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Strategy and Management
    • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
    • Management of Technology and Innovation

    User-Defined Keywords

    • China
    • Firms
    • Globalness
    • Host countries
    • Human resource management (HRM)
    • Multinational corporations (MNCs)


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