Global challenges to replicating HR: The role of people, processes, and systems

Shad S. Morris, Patrick M. Wright, Jonathan Trevor, Philip Stiles, Günter K. Stahl, Scott Snell, Jaap Paauwe, Elaine Farndale

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Global firms often struggle to replicate practices among their culturally and geographically dispersed subsidiaries. Part of the reason for this is that certain practices, including human resource management (HRM) practices, are complex and context specific. In this study, we develop a framework to help identify how firms might overcome challenges of practice replication through alignment of information systems, application processes, and people. We find that managerial alignment of formal processes and systems, along with informal alignment of people (shared objectives), improve the capability of a multinational corporation (MNC) to replicate human resource practices across subsidiaries. We also discuss managerial implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)973-995
Number of pages23
JournalHuman Resource Management
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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