Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management
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Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management

Second Edition

Edited by Chris Brewster, Wolfgang Mayrhofer and Elaine Farndale

This second, updated and extended edition of the Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management draws on the work of many of the world’s leading researchers in the field to present the state of the art to scholars, students and practitioners. The Handbook provides a detailed focus on the theoretical underpinnings of Comparative HRM, on comparative studies of specific areas of HRM practice and on the unique features of HRM in all the main regions of the world.
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Chapter 10: Human resource development: national embeddedness

Olga Tregaskis and Noreen Heraty


This chapter examines the organisational logic underpinning investment in human resource knowledge and skills, and compares national systems as the fulcrum upon which variation in human resource development (HRD) systems and practices turns. The authors explore globalisation pressures and what these mean for the significance of national institutions in shaping firm-level behaviour in HRD. The chapter focuses on labour market change, discussing the impact of technological advances, changes in migration patterns, and age demographics on skill and knowledge bases.

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