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Accessing host country national talent in emerging economies: A resource perspective review and future research agenda

Elaine Farndale, Maria Beamond, Isabelle Corbett-Etchevers and Shiyong Xu

Journal of World Business, 2022, vol. 57, issue 1

Abstract: Through an integrative literature review, we explore the resource-related factors affecting foreign-owned MNE subsidiaries gaining access to host country national (HCN) talent. We focus on MNEs operating in uncertain emerging economy host locations. Adopting a resource perspective, we identify five core themes in the extant literature: the characteristics and roles of HCNs in MNE subsidiaries; the context-specific nature of (a) subsidiary operations and (b) talent management in emerging economies; HCN talent availability in emerging economies; and MNE embeddedness in uncertain external resource contexts. To date, studies have largely adopted an inside-out resource-based view (RBV) of the firm to understand MNE staffing strategies. Although illuminating, the RBV approach limits our understanding of the factors that affect MNEs’ interaction with their external operating environment (adopting an outside-in perspective). We, therefore, propose a framework for future research that emphasizes not only inside-out but also outside-in resource perspectives, exploring the interplay between resource dependency and RBV theorizing through strategic response types in developing a contingent talent strategy.

Keywords: Talent management; emerging economies; resource dependency theory; resource based view; multinational enterprises; polycentric staffing; host country nationals (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jwb.2021.101256

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