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HRM in Mozambique: Homogenization, path dependence or segmented business system?


  • Wood, Geoffrey
  • Dibben, Pauline
  • Stride, Chris
  • Webster, Edward


A central debate in Human Resource Management (HRM) in emerging economies is whether nations follow distinct paradigms, or if there has been homogenization towards low value-added policies or 'best practice' HR systems. The literature on comparative capitalism indicates the existence of continuities and path dependence, but often neglects emerging markets. This article seeks to address this gap through exploring the nature of HRM in Mozambique and its relationship to business systems theory. Survey results indicate diversity between companies, suggesting a segmented business system, and the article concludes by discussing the implications of these findings for government policy and management practice.

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  • Wood, Geoffrey & Dibben, Pauline & Stride, Chris & Webster, Edward, 2011. "HRM in Mozambique: Homogenization, path dependence or segmented business system?," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 46(1), pages 31-41, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:worbus:v:46:y:2011:i:1:p:31-41

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    1. Xing, Yijun & Liu, Yipeng & Tarba, Shlomo Yedidia & Cooper, Cary L., 2016. "Intercultural influences on managing African employees of Chinese firms in Africa: Chinese managers’ HRM practices," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 25(1), pages 28-41.
    2. Serafini, Giovanni O. & Szamosi, Leslie T., 2015. "Five star hotels of a Multinational Enterprise in countries of the transitional periphery: A case study in human resources management," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 24(6), pages 972-983.
    3. Wood, Geoffrey & Brewster, Chris, 2016. "Corporate Governance and Human Resource Management," Annals of Corporate Governance, now publishers, vol. 1(4), pages 249-319, November.


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