Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management
Show Less

Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management

Edited by Chris Brewster and Wolfgang Mayrhofer

This unique and path-breaking Handbook explores the issue of comparative Human Resource Management (HRM) and challenges the notion that there can be a ‘one best way’ to manage HRM.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 9: Comparing National Approaches to Management Development

Christopher Mabey and Matias Ramirez


Christopher Mabey and Matias Ramirez The strategic training and development of managers is widely regarded as one of four progressive HRM policies (Becker & Huselid, 1998). It might also be asserted that management development is central to an organisation’s approach to HRM and a telling signal of the value it places upon its staff. Furthermore, at a macro level, there is a persistent belief that national productivity is closely connected to a country’s collective management and leadership capability. Although the logic and plausibility of this skills–performance link has been questioned (e.g. Grugulis & Stoyanova, 2006), this does little to diminish the preoccupation of governments, both national and international, with the calibre of their managers and leaders. In this chapter, we set out to do three things. First, in section one, we assemble what is currently known about the way organisations in different countries develop their managers, looking primarily at studies in Europe and S.E. Asia. Then in section two, we seek to explain why differences in policy and practice occur, looking first at macro-institutional variables and then at micro, firm-level factors like ownership. In the third and final section, we take stock of current knowledge in the field of comparative management development. Here we argue that, to understand the richness and variability of management development interventions as part of wider HRM strategies, we require a more theoretically informed and sophisticated analysis than has been hitherto undertaken. In particular, we make a case for meso-level analyses in order to understand the role...

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information

or login to access all content.