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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Chapter 1: Introduction

Michael Zanko


Around the world, there is growing recognition that how human resources (people) arc managed is a key source of sustainable competitive advantage for business. Nowhere is this seen to be more relevant than in the Asia-Pacific region, the prospective economic growth centre of the world in the 21st century; growth predicated in no small part on the effective and efficient management of human resources. This region, encapsulated by APEC (theAsia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), is made up of a broad diversity of cultures. economies, legislatures, political systems and labour market in differing stages of development. In turn, this international heterogeneity gives rise to a variety of approaches to and unique experiences of human resource management (HRM) in firms and agencies. For all the attention directed at the region, there has not yet been a full and systematic examination of the nature of this critical activity: bow are human resources managed in firms and agencies across the Asia-Pacific? Dominant HRM models have tended to centre on European and North American perspectives. Such models may be less salient in the Asia-Pacific region.

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