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Fairness and job satisfaction of Japanese multinationals in Asia

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We explored how fairness perceptions of HR practices affect job satisfaction among Asian managers of MNC subsidiaries, controlling age, gender, job tenure, previous work experiences, and management positions. Our fairness study focus described the effect of procedural justice and that of the transparency, which we have added as a new justice construct that is an organizational level of informational justice. We applied a performance evaluation system as an HR practice implemented over the MNC subsidiaries. Our research participants comprised of 903 Asian managers who worked for a leading Japanese multinational strategically expanding retail business markets in Asian locations: Japan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Thailand. Our key results revealed that both procedural and transparent fairness perceptions of the HR practice significantly influenced job satisfaction of Asian managers as a whole group. Each regional group also mostly exhibited a strong connection between their fairness perceptions of both procedures and transparency, and their job satisfaction. Finally, we discussed the implication of this study.

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  • Yoshitaka Yamazaki & Jeewhan Yoon, 2012. "Fairness and job satisfaction of Japanese multinationals in Asia," Working Papers EMS_2012_05, Research Institute, International University of Japan.
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    Procedural justice; Transparency; Job satisfaction; HR practices; Asian managers; Japanese MNCs;

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