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HRM in Multinational Companies
HRM in multinational companies
Introduction

This chapter considers the management of human resources across borders within multinational companies (MNCs). This will be referred to as ‘international human resource management’ (IHRM). The term has been used in a variety of ways in the literature, and one of the tasks of the chapter will be to clarify the terrain to which it refers. The chapter first assesses the meaning of IHRM and its evolution as a field of study. Second, it summarises the conceptual, substantive and methodological preoccupations of work in this area. Among the issues reviewed is one of the defining questions of IHRM, the ‘travel’ of policies and practices between countries: the conditions under which such diffusion takes place, the nature of the ...

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