Transfer of human resource practices from German multinational enterprises to Asian subsidiaries

Stehle, Wolfgang and Erwee, Ronel (2007) Transfer of human resource practices from German multinational enterprises to Asian subsidiaries. Research and Practice in Human Resource Management, 15 (1). pp. 63-88. ISSN 0218-5180

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Abstract

The three research issues deal with firstly with human resource practice transfer, secondly with relational context affecting implementation and internalization and finally with roles of key staff that influence European human resource practices across three Southeast Asian countries. Human Resource directors and line managers were interviewed in German companies with subsidiaries in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. Findings indicate that firstly German MNEs because of underlying value differences, tend to transfer policies and leave the translation into practices to the local Asia Pacific HR director, whereas the subsidiaries have contrasting expectations. Secondly findings confirm the importance of the relational context and trust between HQ and subsidiaries. Finally headquarters and subsidiary managers have different perspectives and this highlights how cultural attributions affect organizational practice. The implications are that various approaches to the control of HR policies exist and the MNEs should carefully analyse the relational context and subsidiary expectations to plan their international HR transfer strategy.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited with permission of publisher
Depositing User: Prof. Ronel Erwee
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:15
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: human resource practice transfer; international HR transfer strategy; Singapore, Thailand and Indonesian subsidiaries; German multinational companies;headquarters and subsidiary managers
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150308 International Business
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9102 Microeconomics > 910202 Human Capital Issues
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2848

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