HRM in China

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The approach to managing human resources has changed significantly in China over the last twenty-five years, as its transformation from a state-planned economy to a market-oriented economy continues.There is now a substantial body of literature that has captured the key characteristics of traditional HRM, or more precisely, personnel management, in China during the planned economy period and what fundamental changes have been taking place (e.g. Child, 1996; Cooke, 2005; Selmer, 1998;Warner, 1999, 2005). This chapter does not intend to review this body of literature at length. Instead, it focuses on some of the new developments in HR practices and critically assesses the likely impacts of these practices on organizations as well as employees. In addition, key issues related to employment regulations and workers’ representation are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Strategic Human Resource Management
EditorsJohn Storey, Patrick M Wright, Dave Ulrich
Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)0203889010, 9781135981983
ISBN (Print)9780415772044
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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