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Strategic international human resource management or the 'bottom line'? the cases of electronics and garments commodity chains in China

Morris, Jonathan Llewellyn, Wilkinson, Barry and Gamble, Jos 2009. Strategic international human resource management or the 'bottom line'? the cases of electronics and garments commodity chains in China. International Journal of Human Resource Management 20 (2) , pp. 348-371. 10.1080/09585190802670722

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Abstract

This paper draws on frameworks developed by the strategic international human resource management (HRM) literature to analyse human resource practices in foreign-invested enterprises in China and their affiliates. It argues that such strategies can be best understood in the context of global commodity chains. Drawing on data from a study of 27 China-based enterprises in two industries, garments and consumer electronics, it contests that strategy is a good determinant of HRM policies. Moreover, most of the enterprises are following cost reduction strategies but with certain quality levels, based on standardized mature products and production processes. Industry sector is also important, as is the institutional milieu of China.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Uncontrolled Keywords: China ; Commodity chains ; Electronics industry ; Garments industry ; Strategic international HRM
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0958-5192
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:21
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/20096

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