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Training practices of multinational companies in Asia

Zheng, Connie, Hyland, Paul and Soosay, Claudine 2007, Training practices of multinational companies in Asia, Journal of European industrial training, vol. 31, no. 6, pp. 472-494.

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Title Training practices of multinational companies in Asia
Author(s) Zheng, Connie
Hyland, Paul
Soosay, Claudine
Journal name Journal of European industrial training
Volume number 31
Issue number 6
Start page 472
End page 494
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007
ISSN 0309-0590
1758-7425
Keyword(s) Asia
human resource management
multinational companies
professional ethics
training
Summary Purpose – The purpose of this study is to explore a range of training practices adopted by multinational companies (MNCs) operating in Asia. It investigated the level of training expenditure, the nature of training programs offered and the concerns about training in MNCs.

Design/methodology/approach –
Data were obtained through a survey of 529 MNCs operating in six Asian countries to examine the average cost spent on training and the type of training programs offered to different groups of employees. The respondents were also asked to indicate their perceptions on the training provided and how effective the training has on firm performance.

Findings – It appears that MNCs invested significantly in training. Training was found to be more widespread in service organisations than manufacturing organisations operating in Asia. The majority of training emphasised managerial and professional staff development; and was generally conducted externally. Respondents were concerned mainly with the quality and relevance of training programs offered externally.

Originality/value –
The results provide MNCs, especially those headquartered in European and other Western countries with insights into designing and offering more relevant and better quality training programs to their employees located in Asian subsidiaries.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner. The final published version is available from the journal homepage www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=1620971&show=abstract
Language eng
Field of Research 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio Economic Objective 910402 Management
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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