HRD practices in local private sector companies and MNC subsidiaries in Australia, 1996-2009

Peter McGraw*, Melissa Peretz

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Abstract

This study charts human resource development (HRD) practices in locally owned private sector companies (APS) and subsidiaries of overseas-headquartered multinational companies (MNCs) located in Australia from 1996 to 2009.Using data from three iterations of the CRANETAustralia survey, the research analyses the degree of difference between APS and MNCs, tests whether HRD practices are increasing in sophistication and if there is convergence or divergence between the two groups. The influence of company size and industry category is also explored as separate independent variables. The results suggest a decreasing overall level of HRD sophistication, that MNC subsidiaries are generally operating at a higher level of sophistication than APS companies and that there is directional, but not final, convergence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2539-2557
Number of pages19
JournalThe International Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume22
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011

Keywords

  • Australia
  • Convergence
  • Human resource development
  • Multinational companies

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