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