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 34: Future avenues for comparative human resource management

Wolfgang Mayrhofer, Chris Brewster and Elaine Farndale


This chapter brings the Handbook to a conclusion, drawing together common themes from across all chapters, mapping the field of comparative human resource management (CHRM). The authors conclude with a reflection of the challenges that remain for comparative analyses, commenting on how the field might continue to develop in the future. Calls are made for a greater range of countries and country clusters to be covered by comparative analyses (which this Handbook has already started to address), as well as demanding greater clarity in the HRM phenomena that are being compared. By adopting more rigorous methodologies and stronger theorizing for comparisons, this will improve the ability to explain rather than just describe the differences and similarities observed across different contexts.

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