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A corporate perspective on the management of human resources in China


  • Björkman, Ingmar
  • Lu, Yuan


Many large corporations have established a China center to coordinate and control their operations in the country. This article describes the roles played by the HR function in these China centers. As we explain, the China center's HR function provides a variety of services to the MNC units in China, is typically responsible for HR policy making and implementation, and is a key vehicle for organizational learning about HR.

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  • Björkman, Ingmar & Lu, Yuan, 1999. "A corporate perspective on the management of human resources in China," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 34(1), pages 16-25, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:worbus:v:34:y:1999:i:1:p:16-25

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    2. Ahlstrom, David & Bruton, Garry & Chan, Eunice S., 2001. "HRM of foreign firms in China: The challenge of managing host country personnel," Business Horizons, Elsevier, vol. 44(3), pages 59-68.
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    6. Peltokorpi, Vesa, 2017. "Absorptive capacity in foreign subsidiaries: The effects of language-sensitive recruitment, language training, and interunit knowledge transfer," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 26(1), pages 119-129.
    7. Hong, Jacky F.L. & Snell, Robin Stanley & Easterby-Smith, Mark, 2006. "Cross-cultural influences on organizational learning in MNCS: The case of Japanese companies in China," Journal of International Management, Elsevier, vol. 12(4), pages 408-429, December.
    8. Li Dong & Keith Glaister, 2007. "National and corporate culture differences in international strategic alliances: Perceptions of Chinese partners," Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Springer, vol. 24(2), pages 191-205, June.

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