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Handbook of Research in International Human Resource Management

Handbook of Research in International Human Resource Management

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Edited by Günter K. Stahl and Ingmar Björkman

In providing an insightful overview of a wide range of global human resource issues facing MNCs, this pathbreaking Handbook highlights emergent topics and new research findings that could shape the field of future IHRM research. Theoretical discussion of the variables and processes that affect IHRM policies and practices is provided by renowned contributors with widely differing academic backgrounds, paradigmatic orientations, and theoretical and methodological approaches.

Chapter 1: International Human Resource Management Research: An Introduction to the Field

Ingmar Björkman and Günter K. Stah

Subjects: business and management, human resource management, international business


1 International human resource management research: an introduction to the field Ingmar Björkman and Günter K. Stahl The field of ‘international human resource management’ (IHRM) research has grown extensively over the last few decades. Since André Laurent in 1986 described the field as being in the infancy stage of development (Laurent, 1986), we have witnessed a rapid transformation of the field of IHRM research. The establishment in 1991 of the International Journal of Human Resource Management, that mostly publishes articles within IHRM, was an important milestone. For the first time there was a ‘home journal’ for scholars pursuing IHRM research. At the same time, a significant number of IHRM articles were published in prestigious management journals like Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly and Organization Science. The number of conferences and workshops dedicated to IHRM research has also increased. By the time this book is in print, the Eighth Conference on International Human Resource Management will have been held. While growing in size, the field has also expanded in scope. It has shifted from an early focus on the topic areas of top management attitudes and staffing decisions in multinational corporations (MNCs) (Edström & Galbraith, 1977; Perlmutter, 1969) and expatriate adjustment and performance (Torbiörn, 1982; Tung, 1981) to a field characterized by a high degree of diversity, cross-fertilization of ideas from different disciplines, and ambiguous delineations of what is included in the field and what is not. In this Handbook we define...