The Handbook of Human Resource Management Policies and Practices in
                Asia-Pacific Economies
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The Handbook of Human Resource Management Policies and Practices in Asia-Pacific Economies

Volume 1

Edited by Michael Zanko

The aim of the Handbook and its systematically codified economy human resource management (HRM) profiles is to improve knowledge and understanding of HRM policy and practices in the Asia-Pacific region.
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The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation provided the major funding for this project, together with development and management assistance through the Human Resource Development in Industrial Technology (HURDlT) Network. The project was also supported by the Business Management Network (BMN) and the Network for Development and Management (NFOM) in the APEC Human Resource Development Working Group. J would also like to acknowledge the support provided at the University of Wollongong, by the International Business Research Institute, the Labour and Human Resources Research Program, the Organizational Change and Innovation Research Program, the Faculty of Commerce Research Committee and, of course, the Department of Management. My sinccre thanks go to my 17 co-authors for thcir contributions, and their persistence, patience and good humour in the various drafting stages. I also thank the 20 industry editorial advisors who read th.rough their respective economy profiles, and provided feedback which improved the final validity and practical relevance of the report. Special thanks go to Chris Brewster at the Centre for European Human Resource Management, Cranfield School of Management in the UK. Chris has encouraged, supported and provided advice on this project from its earl y formulation through its various stages of production. His work (with other colleagues) on the European Human Re!>·ource Management Guide served as a starting point for the approach taken in the project. I also wish to thank my colleague, Matt Ngui, for his assistance, enthusiasm and networking know-how in getting this project up and running. I am particularly grateful to Lynne Read...

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