International Human Resource

Topics: Human resource management, Management, Human resources Pages: 9 (2458 words) Published: December 19, 2013
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GUEST EDITORIAL

International human resource
management: diversity, issues
and challenges

International
HRM

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Wesley A. Scroggins
Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, USA, and

Philip G. Benson
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
Abstract
Purpose – The purpose of this article is to introduce the special issue which considers the impact that the global world has had on the profession of HRM.
Design/methodology/approach – In June 2009, the International Human Resource Management Conference was held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Various IHRM papers were presented, and of these, many were subjected to a second round of reviews for this special issue. This special issue is made up of the best papers.

Findings – The article highlights that as IHRM has emerged as an academic discipline, a variety of debates and issues have come to dominate the literature. For practitioners, a long-standing issue has been the delineation of specific practices to be used in the management of people within international organizations. Over time, practices have emerged, and texts today can readily be found that represent such practices for those working in MNCs as HR managers.

Originality/value – A number of concerns about HRM are raised in this issue, most of which are addressed by the papers chosen.
Keywords Globalization, Human resource management, International business, Equal opportunities Paper type Viewpoint

Globalization has come to dominate much of the discussion in the Western world, whether in academic writing, popular press reports, or casual conversations among friends. Due to myriad factors, the international nature of the modern world has come to impact virtually all aspects of daily life. For several decades, there has been a growing recognition of this trend in the literature of human resource management (HRM) and the emergence of the literature of international human resource management (IHRM).

With globalization assuming such an important societal role, much has been written to develop our understanding of the implications of such processes. Such world developments have also seen their share of criticism, with violent outbreaks at meetings of the World Trade Organization and highly critical texts and political stances regarding the proper role of the multi-national corporation (MNC). Our purpose here is not to address such concerns, but to rather consider the impact that the global world has had on the profession of HRM.

As this trend toward globalization has advanced, the academy has increasingly found ways to incorporate such issues into academic writing and other scholarship.

Personnel Review
Vol. 39 No. 4, 2010
pp. 409-413
q Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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DOI 10.1108/00483481011045380

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Over the last two decades, the International Human Resource Management Conference has emerged as one venue for work in the area of IHRM, broadly defined. Meeting approximately every two years, the conference has been held in a wide number of locations around the globe, and has led to the publication of a number of special journal issues and research volumes (e.g. Benson, 2010; Benson and Alas, 2008; Morley and Collings, 2004). This special issue of Personnel Review represents a continuation of past publications.

In June of 2009, the International Human Resource Management Conference was held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Various IHRM papers were presented, and of these, many were subjected to a second round of reviews for this special issue. The following represent those best papers.

The nature of IHRM
As IHRM has emerged as an academic discipline, a variety of debates and issues have come to dominate the literature. For practitioners, a long-standing issue has been the delineation of specific practices to be used in the management...

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