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 30: HRM and Asian socialist economies in transition: China, Vietnam, and North Korea

Ngan Collins, Ying Zhu and Malcolm Warner


This chapter examines the relationship between economic reform and changes in the employment relationship in three Asian socialist economies: China and Vietnam, both in a ‘transitional’ stage; and North Korea, which has yet to open itself up to the forces of globalization. The authors explore the comparable and contrasting experiences of each country, examining the employment relations and human resource management (HRM) systems. This chapter includes data about the recent changes regarding managing the ‘new generation’ of employees and developing a new status quo in people management at both societal and firm levels.

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