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Transformating multinational enterprises: towards a process model of strategic HRM change

Martin, G., and Beaumont, P. (2001) Transformating multinational enterprises: towards a process model of strategic HRM change. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 12 (8). pp. 1234-1250. ISSN 0958-5192 (doi:10.1080/09585190110083776)

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Abstract

How MNEs control and co-ordinate their subsidiaries' human resources has been a mtter of some debate in recent years. The corporate centre's human resource (HR) department is frequently accorded a key role in shaping direction through programme of strategic change involving best practice transfer or culture change. Such programmes, however, have been questioned by academics and practitioners for their ability to deliver on the promises made for them and for the failure to recognize the problems of top-down programmes of change. In this paper, we address the question of what it might take to deliver a coherent and acceptable corporate-wide strategic HR change initiative whilst allowing for simultaneous subsidiary development and innovation? Drawing on our direct experience of case studies and building on the more general strategic change literature, we develop a process model of strategic HR changes in MNEs, which identifies the key factors that lead to successful change outcomes. The main contribution of this work is to fill existing gaps in the literature and to provide some advice to practitioners who seek to implement universal HR change programmes in MNEs.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s):Beaumont, Prof Phillip and Martin, Prof Graeme
Authors: Martin, G., and Beaumont, P.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:International Journal of Human Resource Management
ISSN:0958-5192
ISSN (Online):1466-4399

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