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HRM research in China : looking back and looking forward

Lamond, David and Zheng, Connie 2010, HRM research in China : looking back and looking forward, Journal of Chinese human resource management, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 6-16.

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Title HRM research in China : looking back and looking forward
Author(s) Lamond, David
Zheng, Connie
Journal name Journal of Chinese human resource management
Volume number 1
Issue number 1
Start page 6
End page 16
Total pages 11
Publisher Emerald Publishing Group
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2010
ISSN 2040-8005
2040-8013
Keyword(s) China
Research and development
Human resource management
Human resource management research
Summary Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the field of human resource management (HRM) in China, with insights drawn from recent times to several millennia earlier, with a view to informing the further work that needs to be done to better understand managing people in China.
Design/methodology/approach – The authors examined Chinese ancient texts related to people management and drew on reviews of HRM research in China since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 till current times, to draw lessons for HRM in China today and for the future.
Findings – The 2,500 year gap that separates the literatures studied as part of this review cannot hide the striking similarities between the conceptual views about the importance of people and their management in the two periods. Yet, there remains a lack of empirical studies of the Chinese style of HRM practices. The majority of recent research in the field of HRM in China is focussed on comparison between HRM practices in various types of enterprises operating in China and those in the west, with the apparent aim of better understanding the latter rather than the former.
Originality/value – As China is rapidly becoming a key global player, and its enterprises represent an increasing share of the global market, it is crucial to understand how Chinese firms have managed their people at home and globally to achieve performance outcomes. Are there lessons other firms, especially those in emerging markets could learn? What are the implications for building global
management and organisational knowledge? This paper provides some directions for future research about HRM in China, which may help gain a better understanding of the Chinese style of management and further develop management and organisation theories in the China context.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio Economic Objective 910402 Management
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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