Diffusion of human resource management systems in UK headquartered multinational enterprises: integrating institutional and strategic choice explanations

Fenton-O'Creevy, Mark and Wood, Stephen (2007). Diffusion of human resource management systems in UK headquartered multinational enterprises: integrating institutional and strategic choice explanations. European Journal of International Management, 1(4) pp. 329–349.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1504/EJIM.2007.015655

Abstract

This study examines the factors associated with the cross-national diffusion of HRM systems within Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) through the lens of the strategic choice and neo-institutional perspectives. Both perspectives are successful in predicting diffusion. The institutional contexts of business units within multinationals and key strategic context variables are shown, in a study of 20 UK multinationals in Europe, to have significant and interacting relationships with the degree of similarity between affiliate HRM systems and those of their parent counterparts.

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