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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