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HRM development in post-colonial societies: The challenges of advancing HRM practices in Ghana


Ayentimi, DT and Burgess, J and Brown, K, HRM development in post-colonial societies: The challenges of advancing HRM practices in Ghana, International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 18, (2) pp. 125-147. ISSN 1470-5958 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1470595818765863


This article is based on a literature review that integrates history, institutions and culture to address the following research questions. First, how did human resource management (HRM) progress during post-colonial Ghana? Second, what factors are likely to undermine the advancement of HRM practices in Ghana? Finally, what are the implications for HRM practice and theory? This article identified several factors originating from the economic and socio-cultural system as driving forces underpinning the advancement of HRM practices in Ghana. Key issues are (i) Ghanaian cultural beliefs and assumptions; (ii) respect for social status, power and authority; (iii) the involvement of religious institutions in business activities; (iv) the dominance of small and medium scale enterprises in the local economy (informal sector); (v) education, skills development and training mismatch; and (vi) lack of HRM professionalization and regulatory body. This article argues the assimilation of history, institutions and culture connects comparative HRM practices and post-colonial studies to establish a detailed understanding of persistent colonial institutional inheritance (legacies) of HRM practices as against HRM practices that signify the effects of Ghanaian contextual distinctiveness. We conclude that the best practice is building a synergy of foreign HRM practices alien to Ghana and the culture-sensitive Ghanaian version that produces the best-fit HRM practices for Ghana.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:HRM, post-colonial societies, recruitment and selection, training and development
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:127642
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2018-08-07
Last Modified:2018-12-05

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