Examining the 'black box' of human resource management in MNEs in China: Exploring country of origin effects

Mingqiong Mike Zhang, Nicola McNeil, Timothy Bartram, Peter John Dowling, Jillian Cavanagh, Pashaar Halteh, Dimitra Alkistis Bonias

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We examine the impact of HPWS on the attitudes and retention of Chinese employees in multinational enterprises (MNEs) operating in China. More specifically, we examine the extent to which the degree of HPWS and the impact of these practices differ according to the country of origin of the MNE. We surveyed a sample of 410 Chinese employees currently working in Western and Asian MNEs. The findings indicate significant country of origin effects, where employees of Western and Asian MNEs perceive different levels of HPWS are in operation in their respective organisations. Employee trust, job satisfaction and affective commitment are all important factors in the retention of Chinese employees of MNEs, with high levels of commitment being the most significant factor. However, the relative impact of these factors on employee retention differs by country of origin of the MNE.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)832 - 849
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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