Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management


Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management

Second Edition

2nd edition

9781784711368 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Chris Brewster, Professor of International Human Resource Management, Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK, Wolfgang Mayrhofer, Professor of Management and Organisational Behaviour, WU Vienna, Austria and Elaine Farndale, Professor of Human Resource Management and Director, Center for International Human Resource Studies, School of Labor and Employment Relations, The Pennsylvania State University, US
Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 978 1 78471 136 8 Extent: 680 pp
This second, updated and extended edition of the Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management draws on the work of many of the world’s leading researchers in the field to present the state of the art to scholars, students and practitioners. The Handbook provides a detailed focus on the theoretical underpinnings of Comparative HRM, on comparative studies of specific areas of HRM practice and on the unique features of HRM in all the main regions of the world.

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Edited by three renowned specialists in comparative human resource management (CHRM) this expanded and updated Handbook explores the range of approaches for conceptualizing CHRM and highlights different policies and practices across the world.

Leading experts challenge the assumption that there are consistent solutions for managing human resources across nations. Valuing the importance of context, particularly at a national and regional level, the chapter authors question the ‘best practice’ solutions by discussing theoretical, issue-based and regional-based distinctions in HRM.

New to this edition:

• an extended focus on the most essential theoretical underpinnings of CHRM including an anthropological comparative method

• additional in-depth studies in comparative areas covering the range of current HRM practice, including sustainable HRM

• a broader set of countries and regions now including Central and South America, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, and Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, to create the most comprehensive global coverage of comparative CHRM research.

This extensive Handbook is an essential resource for researchers and postgraduate students in international business, business administration, HRM, socio-economics and cross-cultural management.

Critical Acclaim
‘This Handbook is a timely, impressive, and well-organized contribution, with excellent authors from around the world. In particular, I appreciate the integration of two key elements: extensive consideration of the theories and research methods that serve as the foundations for the study of CHRM; and, specific consideration of a wide range of HRM practices and a wide range of country and regional contexts. The Handbook can be an invaluable resource for scholarship and for educational purposes.’
– David Allen, Texas Christian University, Neeley School of Business, US

‘The Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management, Second Edition is an important and comprehensive resource for researchers and students seeking to better understand the contextual challenges and difference in human resource systems, strategies, and practices across countries. The Handbook is written by an impressive collection of thought leaders in the field of comparative CHRM, each offering cutting-edge insights on regional, functional, or strategic issues.’
– Paula Caligiuri, Northeastern University, US
Contributors: I. Aust, H. Bainbridge, C. Bischoff, T. Bondarouk, A. Bos-Nehles, P. Boselie, P. Boxall, J. Brandl, M.Y. Brannen, C. Brewster, J. Briscoe, P. Budhwar, H. Chung, D.G. Collings, N. Collins, G. Combs, A. Davila, P. Debroux, M. Dickmann, P.J. Dowling, M Elvira, A.D. Engle Sr., E. Farndale, M. Festing, S. Frenkel, B. Gerhart, L. Golden, D.T. Hall, R. Haq, W. Harry, S. Hayashi, N. Heraty, M. Hermans, M. Hirekhan, H.J. Huang, K. Jackson, S.E. Jackson, A. Kim, T. Kiyomiya, A. Klarsfeld, M. Lazarova, Y.-t. Lee,P.E.M. Ligthart, J.A. Los Baños, S.M. Madero-Gómez, W. Mayrhofer, K. Mellahi, E.K. Metwally, S. Michailova, D. Minbaeva, F. Moore, M.J. Morley, M. Muller-Camen, W. Nienhüser, I. Nikandrou, M.R. Olivas-Luján, J. Paauwe, L. Panayotopoulou, E. Parry, T. Peltonen, A. Pendleton, E. Poutsma, A. Psychogios, J. Quintanilla, B.S. Reiche, H.J.M. Ruël, I. Sahakiants, R.S. Schuler, P. Sparrow, E. Suarez, V.T. Supangco, L. Susaeta, S. Sweet, L.T. Szamosi, T. Tantoush, O. Tregaskis, E. Vaara, A. Varma, C. Warhurst, M. Warner, I. Weller, G. Wood, Y. Zhu, D.B. Zoogah


1. The Meaning and Value of Comparative Human Resource Management: An Introduction
Elaine Farndale, Wolfgang Mayrhofer and Chris Brewster

PART I Theoretical, conceptual and empirical issues in comparative HRM
2. Comparative Institutional Analysis and Comparative HRM
Geoffrey Wood, Alexandros Psychogios, Leslie T. Szamosi and David G. Collings

3. Cultural Perspectives on Comparative HRM
B. Sebastian Reiche, Yih-teen Lee and Javier Quintanilla

4. Critical Approaches to comparative HRM
Tuomo Peltonen and Eero Vaara

5. Methodological Challenges for Quantitative Research in Comparative HRM
Ingo Weller and Barry Gerhart

6. The Anthropological Comparative Method as a Means of Analysing and Solving Pressing Issues in Comparative HRM
Fiona Moore and Mary Yoko Brannen

PART II HRM tasks and themes
7. Recruitment and Selection in Context
Elaine Farndale, Irene Nikandrou and Leda Panayotopoulou

8. Comparative Total Rewards Policies and Practices
Ihar Sahakiants, Marion Festing, Allen D. Engle Sr. and Peter J. Dowling

9. Comparing Performance Management across Contexts
Paul Boselie, Elaine Farndale and Jaap Paauwe

10. Human Resource Development: National Embeddedness
Olga Tregaskis and Noreen Heraty

11. Comparative Employment Relations: Definitional, Disciplinary and Development Issues
Werner Nienhüser and Chris Warhurst

12. The Psychological Contract within the International and Comparative HRM Literature
Paul Sparrow

13. Positive and Negative Application of Flexible Working Time Arrangements: Comparing the United States of America and the EU Countries
Lonnie Golden, Stephen Sweet and Heejung Chung

14. Comparative Career Studies: Conceptual Issues and Empirical Results
Mila Lazarova, Wolfgang Mayrhofer, Jon Briscoe, Michael Dickmann, Douglas T. (Tim) Hall and Emma Parry

15. Financial Participation: the Nature and Causes of National Variation
Andrew Pendleton, Erik Poutsma and Paul E.M. Ligthart

16. Comparative perspectives on Diversity and Equality: the challenges of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and religion
Gwendolyn Combs, Rana Haq, Alain Klarsfeld, Lourdes Susaeta and Esperanza Suarez

17. Organising HRM in a comparative perspective
Julia Brandl, Anna Bos-Nehles and Ina Aust

18. The Intersection between Information Technology and Human Resource Management from a Cross-National Perspective: Towards a Research Model
Huub J. M. Ruël and Tanya Bondarouk

19. Sustainable HRM: A comparative and international perspective
Ina Aust, Michael Muller-Camen and Erik Poutsma

PART III Regional perspectives
20. HRM Practice and Scholarship in North America
Susan E. Jackson, Andrea Kim and Randall S. Schuler

21. Revisiting the Latin American HRM model
Anabella Davila and Marta M. Elvira

22. HRM in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
Sergio M. Madero-Gómez and Miguel R. Olivas-Luján

23. Comparative HRM research in South America: A call for comparative institutional approaches
Michel Hermans

24. HRM in Western Europe: Differences Without, Differences Within
Chris Brewster, Wolfgang Mayrhofer and Paul Sparrow

25. The Transition States of Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union
Michael J. Morley, Dana Minbaeva and Snejina Michailova

26. HRM in the Middle East
Pawan Budhwar and Kamel Mellahi

27. HRM in Northern Africa
David B. Zoogah, Elham Kamal Metwally and Tarek Tantoush

28. HRM in Sub-Saharan Africa: Comparative Perspectives
Christine Bischoff and Geoffrey Wood

29. HRM in the Indian Subcontinent
Pawan Budhwar, Arup Varma and Manjusha Hirekhan

30. HRM and Asian Socialist Economies in Transition: China, Vietnam and North Korea
Ngan Collins, Ying Zhu and Malcolm Warner

31. Japan, Korea and Taiwan: Issues and Trends in HRM
Philippe Debroux, Wes Harry, Shigeaki Hayashi, Heh Jason Huang, Keith Jackson and Toru Kiyomiya

32. Comparative HRM Research in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines
Vivien T. Supangco and Jessica A. Los Baños

33. Styles of HRM in Australia and New Zealand
Peter Boxall, Hugh Bainbridge and Stephen Frenkel

PART IV Concluding Remarks
34. Future Avenues for Comparative HRM
Wolfgang Mayrhofer, Chris Brewster and Elaine Farndale


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