Edited by Michael Zanko
Chapter 1: Introduction
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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