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Human resource management strategies under uncertainty: How do US and Hong Kong Chinese companies differ?

Dail Fields (School of Leadership Studies, Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA)
Andrew Chan (Department of Management, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Syed Akhtar (Department of Management, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Terry C. Blum (DuPree College of Management, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal

ISSN: 1352-7606

Article publication date: 1 April 2006

Abstract

Purpose

To compare the tendency of US and Hong Kong Chinese companies to utilize three alternative human resource management (HRM) strategies to offset uncertainties in the supply of labor.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from 158 US and 66 Hong Kong Chinese companies concerning the extent to which these companies engaged in training and development, monitoring and assessment of employee performance, and staffing through an internal labor market. Data were also obtained concerning the uncertainty in the supply of qualified employees.

Findings

After controlling differences in industries and company size, the results show that, when faced with labor uncertainty, use of the three (HRM) strategies was increased by Hong Kong Chinese companies, but decreased by US companies.

Practical implications

This study provides new information about how cultural differences may play out in business organizations. The results may provide some insight into how competitors in a global marketplace may react to environmental uncertainties and greater resource dependence.

Originality/value

This study fills a need to understand how organizations operating different cultural contexts differ in their reactions to uncertainties in the business environment.

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Citation

Fields, D., Chan, A., Akhtar, S. and Blum, T.C. (2006), "Human resource management strategies under uncertainty: How do US and Hong Kong Chinese companies differ?", Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 171-186. https://doi.org/10.1108/13527600610662348

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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