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1st Edition

Managing Human Resources in Latin America
An Agenda for International Leaders

ISBN 9780415339186
Published August 10, 2005 by Routledge
294 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In addition to providing the reader with a thorough overview of the trends in HR strategies and practice and the challenges faced by HR executives in Latin America, this book also explores cultural issues critical to conducting business and understanding human resource management in this region.

Structured in two distinct parts, Davila and Elvira's comprehensive book moves from a general overview of the economic, managerial and leadership styles found in Latin America to the current status, role and importance of the HR function in a variety of country-specific chapters including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Central America and Panama. Expert scholars from the region and abroad highlight how regional characteristics affect HRM practices according to the particular development of each country, and country specific chapters focus on:

  • aspects of key institutional determinants of HRM practices (such as laws, politics, economy)
  • the current status, role and importance of the HR function in most firms
  • review practices including pay, staffing and labour relations
  • trends for the near future.

Written from a Latin American perspective, and by contributors with interdisciplinary backgrounds, it features topical, original research and forms an essential component of the Global HRM series, complementing the other texts.  Using up-to-the-minute case studies, this text is invaluable reading for academics, students and practitioners of HRM, personnel management and international business alike.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Understanding the Latin American Cultural and Economic Context  1. Culture and Human Resource Management in Latin America  2. Latin America: Economic and Business Context  3. Managing HR to Build Social Capital in Latin America within MNCs  4. Paternalism as a Positive Form of Leadership in the Latin American Context  Part 2: Human Resource Management in the Latin American Countries  5. Human Resource Management in Argentina  6. Human Resource Management in Brazil  7. Human Resource Management in Central America and Panama  8. Human Resource Management in Chile  9. Human Resource Management in Colombia  10. Human Resource Management in Mexico  11. Human Resource Management in Peru  12. Human Resource Management in Uruguay  13. Human Resource Management in Venezuela  14. Emergent Directions for HRM Research in Latin America

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Marta M Elvira is Academic Dean at Lexington College Chicago.
Anabella Davilla is a tenured professor of Organization Theory at Monterrey TEC, Mexico


'The editors ... have compiled and written the best book currently available on Latin American HRM for a general audience interested in international business.' - Journal of Industrial Relations

'This book is an essential guide for managers and scholars seeking to understand how the national cultures of Latin America impact business.' - Denise M. Rousseau, Carnegie Mellon University,USA and 2004-2005 President of the Academy of Management