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The Routledge Companion to International Human Resource Management

ISBN 9780415636049
Published November 20, 2014 by Routledge
614 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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International human resource management (IHRM) is a key area of research in the sphere of international business and management. Described as a field in its infancy in the 1980s, IHRM has quickly advanced through adolescence and into maturity. Today, it is a vibrant and diverse discipline which boasts a large and active body of researchers across the globe.

This volume examines cutting-edge themes, with the input of contributions from both established and emerging scholars. The Routledge Companion to International Human Resource Management gives a state-of-the-art overview of the key themes, topics and debates in the discipline, with valuable insights into directions for future research.

Drawing on a large and respected international contributor base and with its focus on mature and emerging markets, this book is an essential resource for researchers, students and IHRM professionals alike.

Table of Contents

1.Introduction (David G. Collings, Geoffrey T. Wood and Paula CaligiuriPart I: Perspectives on HRM  2.Strategy and HRM (Dana B. Minbaeva and Helen DeCieri)  3.Sociology and International Human Resource Management (Gilton Klerck)  4.Economics and IHRM (Mick Brookes)  5.Geography and International HRM (Phil Almond and Maria C. Gonzalez)  6.International Production, Global Governance and IHRM (Stephen Hughes and Nigel Harworth)  7.Employment Relations and IHRM (J. Ryan Lamare, Elaine Farndale, and Patrick Gunnigle)  8.Comparative HRM ad International HRM (Chris Brewster and Geoffrey T. Wood)  9.International HRM: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (Terence JacksonPart II: Managing IHRM  10.Recruitment and Selection in Global Organizations: A Resource-Based Framework (Robert E. Ployhart and Jeff A. Weekley)  11.Performance Management in the Global Organization (Arup Varma ,Pawan S. Budhwar, and Christopher McCusker)  12.Compensation and Benefits in the Global Organization (Yoshio Yanadori)  13.Global Talent Management (Vlad Vaiman and David G Collings)  14.Global Leadership Development (Paula Caligiuri and Lisa DragoniPart III: Managing Global Mobility  15.Individual and Organizational Decisions for Global Mobility (Yu-Ping Chen and Margaret Shaffer)  16.Types of International Assignees (David G. Collings, Anthony McDonnell and Amy McCarter)  17.Selection for International Assignments (Paula Caligiuri and Joost J.L.E. Bücker)  18.Compensationa Package of International Assignees (Christelle Tornikoski, Vesa Suutari and Marion Festing)  19.Cross-Cultural Training and Support Pracrices of International Assignees (B. Sebastian Reiche, Yih-teen Lee and Javier Quintanilla)  20.Expatriate Adjustment and Performance of International Assignees (Thomas Hippler)  21.Demographics and Working Abroad: What’s Missing, What’s Next? (Nancy K. Napier, Nigel Holden and Marta Muñiz-Ferrer)  22.Work-Life Balance and Coping of International Assignees (Olivier Wurtz and Vesa Suutari)  23.Tacking Stock of Repatriation Research (Mila Lazarova)  24.Expatriate Return on Investment: Past, Present and Future (Yvonne McNultyPart IV: Contemporary Issues in IHRM  25.IHRM Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions (Satu Teerikangas, Günter K. Stahl, Ingmar Björkman, Mark E. Mendenhall)  26. IHRM’s Role in Knowledge Management in Multinational Corporations (Dana B. Minbaeva)  27.Global Cultures in MNES (Sully Taylor)  28.From Standardization to Localization: Developing a Language-Sensitive Approach to IHRM (Susanne Tietze, Rebecca Piekkari and Mary Yoko Brannen)  29.The Roles of International Human Resource Management in Offshoring and Managing Contingent Workers (Fang Lee Cooke)  30.IHRM’s Role in Managing Global Careers (Michael Dickmann)  31.International HRM’s role in Managing Global Teams (Jennifer L. Gibbs and Malgorzata Boyraz)  32.IRHM’s Role in Managing Ethics and CSR Globally (Michael Muller-Camen)

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David G. Collings is Professor of Human Resource Management at Dublin City University, Ireland. He has published widely in the field of international HRM with a focus on global talent management and global staffing issues.

Geoffrey T. Wood is Professor of International Business at Warwick Business School, UK. His research interests centre on the relationship between national institutional setting, corporate governance, firm finance, and firm-level work and employment relations and he has published widely on these issues.

Paula M. Caligiuri is a D’Amore-McKim Distinguished Professor of International Business and Strategy at Northeastern University, USA, where she researches and teaches in the area of cultural agility and global leadership development.


How can human resource professionals strategically support the interactions of employees with multinationals, national cultures, and international organizations? This handbook addresses these and other questions in chapters from 56 leading scholars in the international human resource management (IHRM) field. The book's 588 pages cover many classic IHRM topics, such as recruiting, selection, compensation, cross-cultural training, repatriation, mergers, and global cultures. Several less familiar topics include developing language-sensitive approaches to IHRM, understanding demographic issues, and combining IHRM with sociological concerns. A chapter on managing ethics and corporate social responsibility is representative of the rest of the handbook. IHRM programs can impact multinational organizations up and down the supply chain through awareness and action to help eradicate slave wages and forced overtime in countries such as China and Vietnam. The chapter cites top-tier journals and major books published to support more ethical treatment of local nationals. Research ideas are suggested, and a conclusion follows. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through practitioners.' G. E. Kaupins, Boise State University, in CHOICE July 2015

‘These three distinguished professors in international human resource management have crafted an excellent set of chapters prepared by an outstanding collection of authors from every corner of the world! The editors and chapter authors do a terrific job in providing an excellent review of their specific topics and suggesting directions for further work. The result is a splendid and unique contribution to the field of international human resource management, one sure to be enjoyed and utilized by faculty, students and practitioners everywhere.’ - Randall S. Schuler, Distinguished Professor, Strategic International Human Resource Management, Rutgers University, USA,

 This is an excellent, comprehensive and thoughtful book with a strong cast of authors which will be valuable to both generalist and specialist readers.’ - Adrian Wilkinson, Professor of Employment Relations, Griffith University, Australia

‘This is a much needed and timely book and a must-read for academics and students in the field. It not only assembles the authoritative voices in the text it also frames IHRM in a new and insightful way. In particular, the topics addressed in the final section indicate the major issues of current research and practice in IHRM which are important for its future development.’Professor Wolfgang Mayrhofer, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

‘If you are interested in international HRM, this edited volume has it all: macro foundations and broad perspectives on the field, as well as comprehensive treatments of a wide variety of key issues, from managing the people side of global organizations to managing global mobility and the competitive landscape. Looking back, looking forward, researchers and practitioners alike will find a wealth of valuable information to deepen and enrich their understanding of the field.’ - Wayne F. Cascio, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, University of Colorado, USA

Better than many at hand in that it does provide a great deal of fascinating and detailed illustrations relating to foreign places, exotic localities and off-shore companies. In fact, there is probably more couleur locale here than in most competing texts. This facet makes the work an attractive conventional proposition for recommending on reading lists for international students on IHRM courses on MBA programmes, although it could also be equally well used on undergraduate ones, if less so for critical scholars in the work and organisation studies field. - Malcolm Warner, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge