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In focus, Hungarian and Central Eastern European characteristics of hunman resource management – An international comparative survey


  • Zsuzsa Karoliny
  • Ferenc Farkas
  • József Poór


The HR practices of the former state-socialist countries have gone through significant changes. The analysis of the developments, built on the Cranet (2004) survey, intends to describe the similarities and differences found between 6 countries of the Central Eastern European region and the total sample of 32 countries participating in the survey. The primary aim of the paper is to highlight the strands of international human resource management, investigating the main focuses, strong and weak elements of both CHRM and HRM. Moreover, it attempts to formulate suggestions on where and how to increase the explanatory power of the current models of CHRM, based on the experiences gained by this analysis.

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  • Zsuzsa Karoliny & Ferenc Farkas & József Poór, 2009. "In focus, Hungarian and Central Eastern European characteristics of hunman resource management – An international comparative survey," Journal of East European Management Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 14(1), pages 9-47.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:joeems:doi_10.1688/1862-0019_jeems_2009_01_karoliny

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    Cited by:

    1. Jozsef Poor & Durdica Kontra Capo, 2013. "Human resource management in transition," Economy of eastern Croatia yesterday, today, tommorow, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Faculty of Economics, Croatia, vol. 2, pages 131-137.
    2. Barbara Covarrubias Venegas & Katharina Thill & Martina Rašticová & József Poór & Zdeňka Konečná, 2016. "Competencies for Human Resource Management in Foreign-Owned Firms: Focus on Three CEE Countries and Austria," European Journal of Business Science and Technology, Mendel University in Brno, Faculty of Business and Economics, vol. 2(1), pages 70-84, November.
    3. Agneš Slaviæ & Nemanja Berber, 2014. "The Impact of Training on Organizational Outcomes in the CEE Region – Focus on Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia and Slovakia," Volume of Management, Enterprise and Benchmarking in the 21st century, Óbuda University, Keleti Faculty of Business and Management.

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    Comparative Human Resource Management (CHRM); Central Eastern Europe; international comparison; convergences-divergences;

    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • M20 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Economics - - - General
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General
    • P31 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Socialist Enterprises and Their Transitions


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