International human resource management: overcoming disciplinary sectarianism

Mary Keating (School of Business Studies, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland)
Karen Thompson (School of Business Studies, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland)

Employee Relations

ISSN: 0142-5455

Publication date: 1 December 2004


International human resource management (IHRM) research is becoming an increasingly important topic in light of the relentless pace of globalisation. Three strands of research contribute to our understanding of IHRM, the most dominant being research on human resource management in multinational companies. This paper categorises the literature in the field, highlighting disciplinary introspection within and between each strand. Argues that, by neglecting to embrace the contributions of research from cross‐cultural management and comparative human resource management, the field lacks the necessary conceptual and methodological tools to advance. Concludes by suggesting areas where collaboration and cross‐fertilisation between disciplines can occur before embarking on the integrative process of theory building.



Keating, M. and Thompson, K. (2004), "International human resource management: overcoming disciplinary sectarianism", Employee Relations, Vol. 26 No. 6, pp. 595-612.

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