Policies and Practices in Global Human Resource Systems

Policies and Practices in Global Human Resource Systems

by Michael Duane


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To compete in today's business environment, corporations must be globally responsive—particularly when it comes to the often-neglected task of human resource management. HR executives must view policies and practices from the host country's standpoint, not just their own. Dr. Duane argues this point in his challenging new book. In doing so he provides a detailed comparative analysis of how the human resource function is planned and executed by corporations in four dominant areas of the world. Neither a superficial gloss nor a collection of readings but an integrated, easily accessed discussion and reference, Dr. Duane's book offers a persuasive argument against the most common practice of expatriate assigments. Scholars, researchers, and upper level students will find the book espcially enlightening. Their corporate counterparts in decision-making capacities will find it an especially useful tool.

Duane begins by arguing that the success of multinational organizations depends on their ability to direct host-country operations effectively, and this includes the often-neglected task of how to manage people. He turns to the hotly contested debate over the use of expatriate assignments and argues that while these may have worked well in the past, they are now too expensive, too impractical, and thus they are becoming obsolete rapidly. He goes on to investigate human resource management systems in four important sections of the world: the U.S. and Canada, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the newly independent states, and the Middle East. Each chapter focuses on several crucial topics; among them, are the labor market context, the acquisitions and protection of human resources, and the management of labor relations. There is also an extensive appendix of Web page addresses where continuously updated information on the topics Duane covers can be obtained.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781567204285
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/30/2001
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

MICHAEL J. DUANE is Associate Professor of Management and Chair of the Business Administration Department at North Central College, Naperville, IL. A recipient of various awards for his scholarship, he has taught courses in human resource management and has served as an associate professor of management and as director of the MBA program at Mercy College, Detroit. Dr. Duane is author of several articles and two previous books published by Quorum: The Grievance Procedure in Labor-Management Cooperation (1997) and Customized Human Resource Planning (1996).

Table of Contents


Labor Market Context

Acquiring Human Resources

Developing Human Resources

Rewarding Human Resources

Protecting Human Resources

Maintaining Labor Relations




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