Performance management practices within emerging market multinational enterprises: the case of Brazilian multinationals

Mellahi, Kamel, Frynas, Jedrzej George and Collings, David G. (2016) Performance management practices within emerging market multinational enterprises: the case of Brazilian multinationals. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 27 (8). pp. 876-905. ISSN 0958-5192 (doi:10.1080/09585192.2015.1042900)

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Abstract

This study advances our understanding of HRM within EM-MNEs by examining the extent to, and mechanism by, which Brazilian MNEs standardize or localise their performance management (PM) policies and practices, and the factors that influence their design and implementation. We explored these issues through qualitative case studies of three Brazilian MNEs. The analysis of interview data reveals a strong tendency for Brazilian MNEs to centralise and standardise their PM policies and practices. The key finding of this paper is that PM practices within Brazilian MNEs are not based on indigenous Brazilian practices, but rather, are heavily influenced by global best practices. The findings are at odds with previous research, which suggests that EM-MNEs apply different HR practices in developed country subsidiaries and developing country subsidiaries. Also, contrary to expectations, our results indicate that institutional distance does not have a significant influence on the adaptation of PM practices at subsidiary level.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 09 Jun 2015 Published article: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/Licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords (uncontrolled): emerging market, HRM, multinational enterprise, performance management, policy transfer
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
Item ID: 14698
Notes on copyright: Accepted manuscript: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis inInternational Journal of Human Resource Management] on 09 Jun 2015, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09585192.2015.1042900
Depositing User: George Frynas
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2015 13:50
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2019 12:41
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/14698

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