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Human resource management in the Indian public and private sectors: an empirical comparison

Budhwar, Pawan S. and Boyne, George Alexander 2004. Human resource management in the Indian public and private sectors: an empirical comparison. The International Journal of Human Resource Management 15 (2) , pp. 346-370. 10.1080/0958519032000158554

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This study compares human resource management (HRM) practices in Indian public- and private-sector organizations. The investigation is based on a questionnaire survey of 137 large manufacturing firms (public sector=81; private sector=56). The key areas of analysis include the structure of human resource (HR) department, the role of HR function in corporate change, recruitment and selection, pay and benefits, training and development, employee relations and emphasis on key HRM strategies. Internal labour markets (ILMs) are used to make the comparative analysis. The statistical results show a number of similarities and differences in the HRM systems of Indian public- and private-sector organizations. Against the established notion, the results of this study reveal that the gap between Indian private- and public-sector HRM practices is not very significant. Moreover, in a few HR functional areas (for example, compensation and training and development), Indian private-sector firms have adopted a more rational approach than their public-sector counterparts.

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 > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Comparative HRM; India; public versus private sector; developing countries
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0958-5192
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 04:00

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