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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