1st Edition

Confucian HRM in Greater China
Theory and Practice

Edited By

Malcolm Warner

ISBN 9780415609784
Published July 24, 2011 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

This volume sets out in search of what we call ‘Confucian HRM’ in Greater China and beyond. It covers theory and practice not only in the People’s Republic of China but also in the Overseas Chinese (Nanyang) Diaspora, namely in Hong Kong and Taiwan, among others. It will seek to understand how far traditional Chinese culture and values continue to influence the degree to which the human resource management (HRM) as adopted in those cultural contexts has been implemented.

Confucian HRM in Greater China includes a wide range of concepts such as Confucian HRM, employee participation, family firms, ‘guanxi’, learning and job satisfaction, local labour markets, performance-based pay, training policies, and women’s roles in employment. A wide range of international contributors provide the reader with diverse theories, methodologies and perspectives, arguing that the continuity of traditional Chinese values is indeed still empirically observable in the contemporary practice of people-management in Greater China. The contributors are all experts in their fields who teach and research on HRM in many faculties throughout the world.

This book was originally published as a special issue of The International Journal of Human Resource Management.

Table of Contents

1.In Search of Confucian HRM: Theory and practice in Greater China and beyond

2. A survey of Chinese human resource management research in China


3. An empirical study of human resource management practices in family firms in China

4. Managing human resources in SMEs in a transition economy: evidence from China

5. A study of subordinate-supervisor ‘guanxi’ in Chinese joint-ventures

6. Effects of human resources diversity management on organizational citizenship behaviour in the Chinese context

7. HRM lives inside and outside the firm: Employers skill shortage and the local labour market in China

8. Job training provision by employers - an institutional analysis of employees in Hong Kong

9. Employee participation in decision making, psychological ownership and knowledge sharing: Mediating role of organizational commitment in Taiwan

10. Performance based pay, procedural justice and job performance for R & D professionals: Evidence from the Taiwanese high-tech sector


11. Women's participation in employment in Asia: A Comparison of China, India, Japan and South Korea

12. Learning and work satisfaction in Asia: A comparative study of Japanese, Chinese and Malaysian Managers

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Malcolm Warner is Professor and Fellow Emeritus at Wolfson College and Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK. He was formerly the Editor-in-Chief of The International Encyclopedia of Business and Management [IEBM]. He has published extensively on management and HRM in China, most recently an edited book, Making Sense of HRM in China (2009). He is currently Co-Editor of the Asia Pacific Business Review.