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Human Resource Management and the Institutional Perspective

1st Edition

Edited by Geoffrey Wood, Chris Brewster, Michael Brookes


226 pages | 61 B/W Illus.

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One of the most influential debates across business and management studies has centered on the relative impact of institutions on the fortunes of firms and nations. However, analyses have primarily focused on institutional effects on societal features, rather than actual firm practices. This volume brings together recent trends in comparative institutional analysis with a rich body of data on firm-level human resource management practice, consolidating and extending more than a decade of research on the topic.

Human Resource Management and the Institutional Perspective explores the overlapping and distinct elements in work and employment relations both within and across country lines. The authors focus on intra-firm relations, internal diversity within varieties of capitalism, and the uneven and experimental nature of systemic change, all the while employing an impressive level of theoretical rigor and empirical evidence. In a single volume, this text unites soundly based, theoretically strong and empirically new chapters that bring advances in institutional theory to bear on the subject of international and comparative human resource management.

This book is a valuable resource for students and scholars interested in contemporary developments in institutional theory, the relationship between regulation and practice, and innovation and continuity in human resource management.

Table of Contents

1. Institutions and Firm Level HRM Practice Geoffrey Wood, Christopher Brewster, Michael Brookes 2. Researching Comparative Institutional Contexts Michael Brookes, Geoffrey Wood, Christopher Brewster, and Richard Croucher 3. Understanding Contextual Differences in Employee Resourcing Geoffrey Wood, Christopher Brewster, Mehmet Demirbag, and Michael Brookes 4. Variations in Financial Participation in Comparative Context Michael Brookes, Geoffrey Wood, and Christopher Brewster 5. Is There Convergence Towards Individual Voice in Europe? Richard Croucher, Michael Brookes, Geoffrey Wood, and Christopher Brewster 6. Corporate Governance Systems and Investments in Human Capital Marc Goergen, Geoffrey Wood, Christopher Brewster, and Michael Brookes 7. Context and Working: Time Diversity in Practice Suzanne Richbell, Christopher Brewster, Michael Brookes, and Geoffrey Wood 8. Diversity Between and Within Varieties of Capitalism Christopher Brewster, James Walker, Geoffrey Wood, and Michael Brooks 9. Institutions, Labour Management Practices, and Firm Performance in Europe Richard Croucher and Marian Rizov 10. What Role do MNCs Play in Different Market Economies? Christopher Brewster, Geoffrey Wood, and Michael Brookes 11. How Much Does Country Matter? A Cross-national Comparison of HRM Outsourcing Decisions Michael Mol, Christopher Brewster, Geoffrey Wood, and Michael Brookes

About the Editors

Geoffrey Wood is Professor and Associate Dean at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK. He is also Adjunct Professor at Griffith University, Australia, and Visiting Professor at Pecs University, Hungary, and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa.

Chris Brewster is Professor at Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK and Visiting Professor at the University of Nijmegen, Netherlands and Vaasa University, Finland. He researches international and comparative human resource management and has published over twenty-five books and more than 175 articles.

Michael Brookes is Reader at Middlesex University, UK, as well as Director of the Khanyisa Project, a non-profit partnership seeking to address employability issues in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. His research interests include labor market discrimination, industrial relations and comparative human resource management.

About the Series

Global HRM

The Global HRM Series has for over a decade been leading the way in advancing our understand of Global HRM issues. Edited and authored by the leading and highest-profile researchers in the field of human resource management (HRM), this series of books offers students and reflective practitioners accessible, coordinated and comprehensive textbooks on global HRM. Individually and collectively, these books cover the core areas of the field, including titles on global leadership, global talent management, global careers, and the global HR function, as well as comparative volumes on HR in key global regions. 

The series is organized into two distinct strands: the first reflects key issues in managing global HRM; and the second comparative perspectives human resource management.  

Taking an expert look at an increasingly important area of global business, this well-established series has become the benchmark for serious textbooks on global HRM.  

The Publisher and Editors wish to thank the Founding Editors of the series – Randall Schuler, Susan Jackson, Paul Sparrow and Michael Poole.

Dedication: The late Professor Michael Poole was one of the founding series editors and the series is dedicated to his memory. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development