Employment in Chinese MNEs: appraising the dragon's gift to sub-saharan Africa

Jackson, Terence (2014) Employment in Chinese MNEs: appraising the dragon's gift to sub-saharan Africa. Human Resource Management, 53 (6). pp. 897-919. ISSN 0090-4848

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Abstract

China’s international engagement is changing geopolitical dynamics to an extent that Western government feel under threat. Negative reports of this engagement in Africa abound, not least in the area of employment relations and HRM. Yet currently there is a lack of serious academic research in this area, leaving international HR managers to rely on anecdotal information. The way Chinese management engage with African workforces may be quite different to Western managers. The current work suggests that understanding this engagement should be informed by China’s recent anti-imperialist involvement in Africa, its commercial motivation coupled with its political-seeking motive, the values such as paternalism that modify Western influences on Chinese HRM that are brought to Africa, and possible synergies with African values. Yet the current work identifies a disparity between the strategic level of engagement, and what happens at organizational level, indicating that Chinese firms are contributing to employment, but not to up-skilling of workers, mutual learning or engagement with local communities.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article first published online: 24 April 2014
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 19639
Depositing User: Terence Jackson
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2016 10:53
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2018 12:50
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/19639

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