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Global competitive pressures and career ecosystems: contrasting the performance management systems in UK and French business schools

Maria Gribling (SKEMA Business School, Sophia Antipolis, Valbonne, France)
Joanne Duberley (University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Article publication date: 9 September 2020

Issue publication date: 29 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this article is to compare the effects of global competitive pressures on the UK and French B-schools' management systems through the lens of career ecosystems.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a qualitative inquiry employing in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 44 business school academics in the two countries.

Findings

This paper demonstrates the importance of top-down and bottom-up ecosystem influences for creating contrasting performance management systems in competitive B-schools in the two countries, to different outcomes for institutions and faculty careers.

Research limitations/implications

The authors focus on faculty working in top business schools, which limits the generalizability of the findings. Future research could apply the ecosystem lens to other institutions and geographical areas to highlight best practices and evaluate their transferability across borders.

Practical implications

The study highlights alternative HR practices and potentially workable adjustments to current systems that could be envisaged in order to enhance performance of individuals and institutions without jeopardizing the chances of valuable human resources to bring their contributions to the success of B-schools.

Originality/value

This paper compares and contrasts different performance management systems, taking into account exogenous and endogenous influences on B-schools that operate in a highly competitive and rapidly changing global management education market.

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Citation

Gribling, M. and Duberley, J. (2021), "Global competitive pressures and career ecosystems: contrasting the performance management systems in UK and French business schools", Personnel Review, Vol. 50 No. 5, pp. 1409-1425. https://doi.org/10.1108/PR-05-2019-0250

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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