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Making sense of global integration and local responsiveness in international HRM research

Chung, C. (2018) Making sense of global integration and local responsiveness in international HRM research. International Journal of Multinational Corporation Strategy, 2 (2). 153. ISSN 2059-1047

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1504/IJMCS.2018.10010737


While the notions of global integration (GI) and local responsiveness (LR) have been widely used to analyse an MNE’s international human resource management (IHRM) strategy, the specific ways of conceptualising these constructs in the literature remain unquestioned. This paper reviews how the two important constructs have been conceptualised in the international HRM research and evaluates whether such conceptualisations are adequate to examine MNEs’ IHRM strategies to address the fundamental strategic problem - managing the duality of GI and LR in HRM of MNEs. The extensive review of the literature reveals that the widely used constructs have been rather narrowly conceptualised on a single dimension – HRM practice orientation - in the international HRM literature based on the dualistic assumption on the relationship between the two constructs, which prevents the exploration of emerging broader IHRM strategies. Based on the insights from the emerging literature, it is argued that GI and LR should be conceptualised as meta-level constructs which encompass multiple dimensions so that IHRM strategies could be considered as various configurations of the ways of pursuing GI and LR across the dimensions to address the duality problem in MNEs.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > International Business and Strategy
ID Code:72745


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