Putting the Challenges of International Human Resource Management into Historical Perspective

Paul Evans, Vladimir Pucik, Ingmar Björkman, B. Sebastian Reiche

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In this reading, we examine the challenges facing ABB from the historic perspective of internationalization of the firm and the concomitant evolution of HRM. The dilemmas faced by ABB have always existed. What has changed is the nature and speed of communication between a company’s headquarters and its subsidiaries around the world. But the essential problems of being flexible and responsive to local market needs while promoting global efficiency, avoiding duplication, and coordinating and controlling diverse units and people, remain.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReadings and Cases in International Human Resource Management
EditorsB. Sebastian Reiche, Günter K. Stahl, Mark E. Mendenhall, Gary R. Oddou
Place of PublicationNew York
Publication date2024
ISBN (Print)978-1-032-13664-6, 978-1-032-16151-8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-24727-2
Publication statusPublished - 2024
MoE publication typeD2 Article in a professional reserarch book (incl. editor's introduction, manuals, guides)


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