An exploration of the HRM values of Chinese managers working in Western multinational enterprises in China

Implications for HR practice

Stella Li, Paul L. Nesbit

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Abstract

This paper qualitatively explores the nature of human resource management (HRM) values of local Chinese managers working in Western-based multinational enterprises in China and also considers how these values are associated with preferences for HR practices. The study involves the use of repertory grid interviews with 36 local Chinese managers. The study shows that interviewees reflected a high level of assimilation and internalization of many Western HRM values. Interviewees also retained many traditional Chinese values, thus highlighting the role of institutional and cultural forces on HRM. However, among these local managers, there was clear decline in some traditional Chinese values, such as 'harmony' and 'virtue'. A further interesting finding was the co-existence of paradoxical values of collectivism and individualism among the managers. Analyses of repertory grid data and interview comments also highlight that preferences for HR practices is associated with these underlying HRM values.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1529-1546
Number of pages18
JournalThe International Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume25
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

Keywords

  • Best practice
  • HR practices
  • chinese HRM
  • multinational enterprises
  • repertory grid
  • values

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