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The 'third way': The future of work and organization in a 'corporatized' Chinese economy

Hassard, John, Morris, Jonathan Llewellyn and Sheehan, Jackie 2004. The 'third way': The future of work and organization in a 'corporatized' Chinese economy. The International Journal of Human Resource Management 15 (2) , pp. 314-330. 10.1080/0958519032000158536

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Abstract

China's economy has undergone a rapid transformation since liberalization was first introduced in 1979. Not only has there been rapid economic growth, but ownership sources have changed fundamentally, with a relative decline of the state-owned sector (SOE), a large foreign-owned sector (FIE), private enterprise and hybrid public/private forms. Accompanying these profound changes, there has been a marked shift in people management processes from centrally planned personnel administration to new forms. This article reviews the extent of those changes through a review of eight studies of HRM in China by the authors and their project colleagues. It concludes that there are widespread variations in the pace of change, between ownership forms in particular, but also between localities. Specifically, SOEs have been slower to implement reform than FIEs, largely due to historical legacies, organizational inertia and continued government interference.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Uncontrolled Keywords: HRM change; ownership form; Chinese management
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 0958-5192
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:39
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/42515

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