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The Home-Country Culture as One of the Factors of Human Resource Management: A Case of MNCS in Poland

Sylwia Bialas
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Sylwia Bialas: Gdansk University, Poland

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Abstract: Human resources management (HRM) does not operate separately from the environment and the rest of the activities in the enterprise. Various factors, both inside and outside the enterprise, influence the HRM policy and practices. Currently, external environments in particular are increasingly complicated due to rising complexity of business operations. The purpose of this article is to investigate the role of host country culture among HRM factors in MNCs (multinational companies) in Poland. This article presents data from case study research on 14 enterprises from five different countries. Data was collected in the course of semi-structured personal interviews with managers, analysis of documentation, and observations. Moreover, a survey was conducted among the managers of each enterprise. The results indicate that country of origin cultures are important, but do not constitute the main contextual factor influencing company’s HRM practices and policies. The paper also outlines the role of others factors impacting HR practices.

Keywords: human resource management; national culture; subsidiaries; MNCs (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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