Human resource management research and practice in Asia: past, present and future

Fang Lee Cooke, Randall Schuler, Arup Varma

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The continuing emergence of Asia as a critically important continent for the foreseeable future has renewed interest in understanding theory and practice in this region. This special issue was designed to shed light on human resource management (HRM) issues in this region, and to help guide future research in and on this region. In this introductory article, we first analyze the growth of HRM scholarship in Asia, by examining the research published over the last twenty-five years. We then describe the genesis of this special issue, and summarize the key themes emerging from the review articles in the issue. These include: psychological contract; work-life interface; corporate social responsibility; multinational corporations and their subsidiaries; the challenges of global talent management; convergence-divergence; state socialism to post-state socialism; and incorporating the context. We further offer suggestions for future research by proposing critical topics and emerging themes, including: employee voice; diversity and inclusion; employee well-being and resilience; preparing and responding to crises; and green human resource management. We conclude by offering theoretical perspectives and highlighting key recent developments which are likely to impact future practice, and should be addressed by scholars.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100778
Number of pages13
JournalHuman Resource Management Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Emerging multinational
  • Employee assistance
  • Employee resilience
  • Employee voice
  • Global talent management
  • HRM in Asia

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