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Managing Human Resources in Latin America

An Agenda for International Leaders, 1st Edition

Edited by Marta Elvira, Anabella Davila


270 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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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.


'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

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

About the Editors

Marta M Elvira is Academic Dean at Lexington College Chicago.

Anabella Davilla is a tenured professor of Organization Theory at Monterrey TEC, Mexico

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 / International / Economics