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International Human Resource Management

A European Perspective, 2nd Edition

Edited by Michael Dickmann, Paul Sparrow

© 2008 – Routledge

344 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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Conducting business across national borders is nothing new; the Knights Templar were banking internationally as long ago as 1135. But modern globalization processes raise different challenges, and as the world becomes smaller and labour movements more common, an international understanding of human resource management is essential.

The second edition of International HRM provides a fully updated and revised analysis of this important area. Its innovative, multi-disciplinary approach allows a holistic picture to emerge in which key issues are assessed from organizational, individual and societal perspectives. The collection is divided into three parts:

  • the contemporary internationalization context
  • the management of international employees
  • strategic issues facing international HR managers.

Supported by new research, and including work from eminent writers in the field, this book discusses issues as diverse as the relative absence of women in international work, the ethical merits of localization, and the context faced by organizations like the United Nations. It is a valuable tool for all students, researchers and practitioners working in international business and human resource management.


‘The third edition of the outstanding Contemporary HR Issues in Europe book, by the leading HR gurus in the UK, is both timely and extremely important given the dramatic workplace changes during and since the ‘great recession’ of 2008. The chapters highlight issues of major importance in the changing landscape of people management going forward. This is a ‘must read’ for all HR professionals in Europe and beyond.’Sir Cary Cooper, University of Manchester, President of the CIPD, UK

‘For those looking for insights into the status of a ‘European model’ of international HRM, this is the book to read. A wide range of leading academics present a comprehensive account of developments in European IHRM, following the economic crisis. It presents an informed analysis of the current challenges facing HRM in Europe, including responses to the economic crisis, migration, flexible working, and generational differences in an aging workforce. A comprehensive framework utilises a macro – mezzo – micro perspective emphasises the importance of institutional issues and stakeholder interests. The distinctive approaches to HRM in Europe of MNCs from different countries, compared with those originating in Europe, are fully addressed as are specific HRM practices such as selection and performance management that can be affected by European institutional arrangements. The comprehensive and contemporary coverage of this book mark it out as a leader in the field of European IHRM.’ - David Guest, King’s College, UK

Table of Contents

Second Edition: 1. A European Persepective on IHRM: An Introduction 2. Localization: A Strategic Response to Globalization 3. HR Sourcing and Shoring: Strategies, Drivers, Success Factors and Implications for HR 4. The Transfer of Strategic HR Know-how in MNCS: Mechanisms, Barriers and Initiatives 5. Resourcing International Assignees 6. An Integrative Framework for Expatriate Preparation and Training 7. Expatriate Adjustment: A More Nuanced View 8. Rewards for Internationally Mobile Employees 9. Repatriation: The End or the Middle? 10. Careers and Expatriation 11. Modern Forms of International Working 12. Capitalizing on an International Career: Career Capital Perspectives 13. Women on International Assignments 14. HRM and International Organizations

About the Editors

Michael Dickmann is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at the Cranfield School of Management and Director of the Masters in International HRM. Michael has published widely on international HR strategies, structures, international mobility and global career topics and has consulted with many multinational corporations and inter-governmental organizations.

Chris Brewster is Professor of International Human Resource Management at Henley Business School, UK, Vaasa University, Finland, and ISCTE, University of Libson, Portugal. He has conducted extensive research in the field of international and comparative HRM and published more than 25 books and over 200 journal articles.

Paul Sparrow is the Director of the Centre for Performance-led HR and Professor of International Human Resource Management at Lancaster University Management School, UK. He has consulted with major multinationals, public sector organisations and inter-governmental agencies, is on the US Academy of Management's HR Division and a member of the Human Capital Institute's Global Talent Management Panel.

About the Series

Global HRM

Edited and authored by the best and most well known researchers in the field of human resource management (HRM), this series of books offers students accessible, coordinated and comprehensive textbooks on global HRM. To be used individually or together, these books cover the main bases of the area, including titles on global alliances, corporations, leadership, legal systems, staffing and compensation systems.

The series is organized into three strands: the first reflects general issues of global HRM; the second more specific HR functions in a global context; and the third, comparative human resource management.

Taking an expert look at an increasingly important area of global business, this is a groundbreaking new series that answers a real need for serious textbooks on global HRM.


Dedication: The late Professor Michael Poole was one of the founding series editors, and Profesors Schuler, Jackson, and Sparrow wish to dedicate the series to his memory.

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