Think global, act local: from naive comparison to critical participation in the teaching of strategic international human resource management

Helen De Cieri, Julie Wolfram Cox, Marilyn S. Fenwick

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In this paper, we examine the implications of ethnocentrism and paternalism in teaching approaches for the field of strategic international human resource management (SIHRM), as an example of management studies. We argue that the teaching of SIHRM has been approached in a colonizing fashion, joining and extending the territories of human resource management and organizational strategy through the definition and teaching of a new language and conceptual vocabulary. We explore philosophical approaches and processes involved in teaching SIHRM, and consider implications of pedagogical developments in this field of management education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Human Resource Management
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Cross-Cultural Management to Managing a Diverse Workforce
EditorsKate Hutchings, Helen De Cieri
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherAshgate Publishing Limited
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781351926812
ISBN (Print)9780754626541
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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