How do MNEs take advantage of state ownership to institutionalize in foreign markets? HR practices and implications
This study investigates how MNEs take advantage of state ownership to create institutional assets and offset institutional risks in their labour practices in foreign markets. It advances institutional theory, particularly the state ownership effects on MNEs, by explaining not only why, but also how state owned enterprises (SOEs) are not passive recipients, but active constructors of their institutional fields in host countries. Our investigation of Chinese construction firms in Africa identified different HR strategies used by MNEs with different ownership types. We found that leading SOEs mainly adopt localization strategy and focus on image and institutional asset building in their HR practices. In the meantime, smaller SOEs and private firms focus on risk transfer through outsourcing and subcontracting their HR practices. The implications of different strategies used by different types of MNEs were also discussed.
Date: Wednesday, 14:00 - 16:00 September 17, 2014
Venue: Conference Room 343A at the Qiushi building in the school of Labor and Human Resources
Host: Luo Nanfeng
Short bio of the speaker
Dr Dan Wang is a Lecturer in the Department of Management at Monash University. She received her PhD degree from Monash University in 2012. Dr. Wang’s research focuses on internationalization of Chinese firms, and in particular, people management and expatriate management during the outward expansion of Chinese multinationals. Her research has appeared in top tier academic journals, including International Business Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Industrial Marketing Management, among others. In addition, Dr. Wang has won several research awards at Monash University including Postgraduate Publication Award and Faculty Research Grant. She also regularly reviews for journals such as International Business Review, Management and Organization Review, and Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources.
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The school of Labor and Human Resources of Renmin University of China