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The Management of Human Resources in the Asia Pacific: Into the 21st Century


  • Chris Rowley

    () (City University, Cass Business School, Faculty of Management)

  • Malcolm Warner

    () (University of Cambridge, Judge Business School)


In this introduction, we look at the management of human resources in the Asia Pacific region. We start with an overview of the countries involved, ranging from the hugely populated China to the city-State of Singapore, proposing three categories of economies and the people-management systems, namely the ‘developed’, the ‘developing’ and the ‘transitional’. After this, we examine the labour markets and employment trends to be found in the region, raising a number of issues relating to future job prospects. We argue that these labour market/employment phenomena and people-management developments are closely intertwined. A further section sums up the findings of the contributors to this Special Issue. Finally, we present our conclusions.

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  • Chris Rowley & Malcolm Warner, 2007. "The Management of Human Resources in the Asia Pacific: Into the 21st Century," management revue. Socio-economic Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 18(4), pages 374-391.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:mamere:doi_10.1688/1861-9908_mrev_2007_04_rowley1

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    Asia; Employment; Globalization; Human Resource Management (HRM); Industrial Relations (IR); Multinational Corporations (MNCs);

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General


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