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Macro‐institutional conditions in Ghana and the challenges to HRM program development and implementation


Ayentimi, DT and Burgess, J and Dayaram, K, Macro‐institutional conditions in Ghana and the challenges to HRM program development and implementation, Thunderbird International Business Review, 61, (2) pp. 143-156. ISSN 1096-4762 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/tie.21983


Multinational enterprises (MNEs) originating from advanced economies with operations in less developed host countries need to have a good understanding of the macro‐institutional conditions of the host country. Given HRM practices are context‐specific and embedded within the institutional and cultural settings of the host country, an exploratory qualitative study approach was employed to ascertain the host country's institutional dimensions (drivers) likely to undermine HRM program implementation in large local companies and in MNEs. Data were drawn from key stakeholder participants, including HR managers from MNE subsidiaries, domestic firms, and officials from key stakeholder institutions. The evidence points to six (6) dimensions of a less‐developed host country's macro institutions that undermine firms' HRM advancement. These include the regulatory system, education and training arrangement, labor market conditions, cultural barriers, political actors' intrusion, and economic uncertainty. The implications thereof are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Ghana, human resource management, multinational enterprises
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Human resources management
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services
UTAS Author:Ayentimi, DT (Dr Desmond Ayentimi)
ID Code:127305
Year Published:2020 (online first 2018)
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2018-07-20
Last Modified:2021-07-05

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