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HRM Practices of Sub-Saharan African MNEs: Following the Best Practice Western MNE HRM Model?


Ayentimi, DT and Burgess, J, HRM Practices of Sub-Saharan African MNEs: Following the Best Practice Western MNE HRM Model?, International HRM and Development in Emerging Market Multinationals, Routledge, P Sinha, P Patel, & V Prikshat (ed), New York, USA, pp. 249-264. ISBN 9780367478261 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4324/9781003057130-13


This chapter focuses on a relatively small number of African home-grown Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) to understand their specific human resource management (HRM) strategies, HRM structure, programs, and processes. In the HRM and international management literature there has been a long-standing debate over the convergence of HRM practices towards a single best practice HRM model that can be transported across nations by MNEs. The underlying limitations within the convergence-divergence debate is the fact that HRM convergence can be appropriate in delivering best practice HRM outcomes but may be less productive in different cultural and institutional contexts. An important strategic characteristic of African home-grown MNEs similar to other emerging markets MNEs from other emerging regions of Asia, South America and the Middle East, is their openness to change and the agility to risk-taking even in volatile regional markets across the sub-Saharan region.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:sub-Saharan Africa, multinational enterprises, best practice HRM, HRM convergence, isomorphism
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 human society
UTAS Author:Ayentimi, DT (Dr Desmond Ayentimi)
ID Code:148328
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2021-12-22
Last Modified:2022-08-29

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