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How MNE subsidiaries transfer HRM practices in distant environments: A tale of two IKEA subsidiaries

How MNE subsidiaries transfer HRM practices in distant environments: A tale of two IKEA subsidiaries

Song, Ji-Won ORCID: 0000-0003-2820-1691 (2021) How MNE subsidiaries transfer HRM practices in distant environments: A tale of two IKEA subsidiaries. Journal of International Management, 27 (2):100850. ISSN 1075-4253 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intman.2021.100850)

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Abstract

While most research in the international business field focuses on the impact of the national institutional environment on multinational enterprises (MNEs), this paper explores the opposite relationship—the role and impact of MNE subsidiaries on the host country institutional environment. I analyze the subsidiaries’ agency in the transfer activities of human resource management (HRM) practices by bringing the case of IKEA subsidiaries in Korea and Japan and find that these subsidiaries not only adapted to pressures arising from an institutional distance but also played an important role in influencing the institutional arrangement for employment system of their host countries. With a contextualized agency model, this study finds that institutional and organizational contexts that these subsidiaries are embedded in shaped their agencies and strategic responses and co-evolved with their host institutional environments while transferring HRM practices. These findings have implications for the IB and IHRM field, as they highlight the potential of MNE subsidiaries as agents.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: multinational enterprises (MNEs), agency, subsidiary, comparative institutional analysis, HRM practice transfer, institutional distance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC)
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC) > Centre for Business Network Analysis (CBNA)
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2021 09:24
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/32290

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