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High Performance Work System Practices in Foreign Subsidiaries of American Multinationals: A Multi-Country Study

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Title: High Performance Work System Practices in Foreign Subsidiaries of American Multinationals: A Multi-Country Study
Author(s): Lawler, John J.; Chen, Shyh-jer; Wu, Pei-Chuan; Bae, Johngseok; Bai, Bing
Subject(s): high performance work systems multinational corporations culture cluster analysis
Abstract: This study focuses on the utilization of high performance work systems (HPWS) by subsidiaries of American multinational companies (MNCs). It is based on the premise that American MNCs have a preference for HPWS utilization. However, institutional influences at the host-country level may limit the likelihood of HPWS implementation. This study examines HPWS implementation in a sample of subsidiaries across fourteen host countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe. The research provides considerable variability in host-country institutional environments. The model we propose is largely supported in the case of rank-and-file workers, though some anomalies are found in the case of managerial employees.
Issue Date: 2008
Genre: Working / Discussion Paper
Type: Text
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/8978
Publication Status: unpublished
Rights Information: Copyright John J. Lawler et al. 2008
Date Available in IDEALS: 2008-09-10
 

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