The transfer and diffusion of HRM practices within MNCs: lessons learned and future research directions

Flora CHIANG*, Michał K. Lemański, Thomas A. Birtch

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    Abstract

    The transfer and diffusion of human resources management (HRM) practices within the geographically dispersed operations of multinational corporations (MNCs) is receiving heightened attention, in particular because it is believed to significantly influence the performance and competitiveness of MNCs and their subsidiaries. However, as a review of the current body of literature suggests, further work is needed if we are to more fully understand the underlying process through which HRM practices are transferred and diffused or provide more holistic guidance with practitioner relevance. In this article, the authors review and synthesize the extant literature on the transfer and diffusion of HRM practices in the MNC context. Five salient themes or questions that prior research attempts to address are identified and critiqued. A general guiding framework is proposed as are possible avenues for future research.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)234-258
    Number of pages25
    JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
    Volume28
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2017

    Scopus Subject Areas

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

    User-Defined Keywords

    • diffusion
    • HRM practices
    • MNCs
    • Transfer

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