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  • Raduan Che Rose
  • Naresh Kumar
  • Hazril Izwar Ibrahim


Rapid development and changes brought about by the global business environment should be accompanied by human resource management (HRM) practices which are progressive and forward looking to avoid failure for firms due to inability to properly manage their human capital. This study was undertaken in an attempt to identify which manufacturing strategies are significantly related to strategic HRM practices in Malaysia. This is based on the contingency theory which holds that certain HRM practices are implemented in accordance with type of competitive strategy adopted by the firms. The results of the study show that quality and flexibility based strategy is still a dominant concern for manufacturing firms. Through this study, the information gathered is useful for strategy formulation and how it leads to improved strategic HRM, specifically among Malaysian organizations and other parts of the world in general. Moreover the study is unique as it took place in a heterogeneous socio-political, cultural and economic environment.

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  • Raduan Che Rose & Naresh Kumar & Hazril Izwar Ibrahim, 2008. "THE LINKAGE BETWEEN MANUFACTURING STRATEGIES AND STRATEGIC hrm PRACTICES IN MALAYSIA," IIUM Journal of Economics and Management, IIUM Journal of Economis and Management, vol. 16(1), pages 77-96, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ije:journl:v:16:y:2008:i:1:p:77-96

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    Manufacturing Strategies; Human resource Management; Malaysia.;

    JEL classification:

    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General
    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation


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