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Essentials of International Human Resource Management


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List of Tables and Figures Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1. Globalization and Human Resource Management Chapter 2. Cultural and Institutional Context of Global Human Resource Management Chapter 3. Organizational Context of Global HRM Chapter 4. Transfer of HRM Across Boundaries Chapter 5. HRM in International Joint Ventures, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Collaborative Alliances Chapter 6. Global Staffing Chapter 7. Global Human Resource Development Chapter 8. Global Performance Management and Compensation Chapter 9. International Mobility and Global Careers Chapter 10. International Employee Representation and Corporate Social Responsibility Chapter 11. Emerging Issues in Global HRM Appendix: GLOBE Country Scores Cases References Index About the Authors

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David C Thomas (PhD University of South Carolina) is a Professor in the Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria and Professor Emeritus of International Management at Simon Fraser University, Canada. He is the author of a dozen books including (with Kerr Inkson) the bestselling Cultural Intelligence, Berrett-Koehler Publishers. His book Cross-Cultural Management: Essential Concepts (2008, Sage Publications) was the winner of the R. Wayne Pace Human Resource Development book of the year award for 2008. In addition, he has edited (with Peter B. Smith and Mark Peterson) The Handbook of Cross-Cultural Management Research from Sage Publications. His research on cross-cultural interactions in organizational settings has appeared in the leading journals in the field. He is currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, and European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management. Dr. Thomas' academic postings have included positions at the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), University of New South Wales, the Pennsylvania State University and The University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he was also Director of the Master of International Business Program. He has held visiting positions at Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Hawaii, Massey University, New Zealand, and ESCEM, Tours, France. In addition to teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, Dr Thomas has consulted on cultural diversity issues with numerous organizations. When not teaching or writing he can often be found scraping or varnishing or sometimes sailing his 1984 Hans Christian cutter, "Clovelly." Mila B. Lazarova (PhD, Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; MBA, International Business, the University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria) is associate professor and Canada research chair in Global Workforce Management in the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Canada. Her research interests include expatriate management with a focus on repatriation and the career impact of international assignments; work-life balance issues related to assignments; global careers; the role of organizational career development and work-life balance practices on employee retention; and the changing role of the human resources (HR) department in organizations. She also conducts research in comparative human resource management and is the Canadian contributor to CRANET, a long-term research collaboration of over 35 universities across the world that carries out a regular international comparative survey of organizational HR policies and practices.


"Essentials of International Human Resource Management: Managing People Globally is a must-read for anyone studying or managing human talent in a global context. Written by leading experts in the field, this book should be on the bookshelf of anyone needing cutting-edge knowledge in international human resource management." -- Paula Caligiuri
"This is a timely book delivering what it says in the title: essentials of IHRM. Its contextualized perspective gives it a unique flavor. A must read for students and practitioners of IHRM alike." -- Wolfgang Mayrhofer
"Adopting a truly global perspective, Essentials of International Human Resource Management by Thomas and Lazarova, provides a first rate account of the anatomy of this evolving field. In incorporating insights garnered from international, comparative and cross-cultural lenses, the authors unearth the explanatory power of contextualism and demonstrate the true value of a 'levels of analysis' approach. Illustrative case studies serve to augment the theoretical material making it an indispensable resource for any student of IHRM." -- Michael J Morley

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