Human resource management in foreign-owned workplaces: evidence from Australia

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Multinational companies have assumed a position of considerable prominence in the Australian economy. Drawing on the 1995 Australian Workplace Industrial Relations Survey, this paper examines the character of human resource management in multinational companies operating in Australia. The findings suggest that investments in the human resource function and the utilization of human resource practices were generally more widespread in foreign-owned than Australian establishments. This was especially the case for workplaces belonging to American and British-owned firms. It is concluded that the more strongly regulated industrial relations environment as well as the legacy of protected domestic markets have not made multinational companies reluctant innovators in human resource management in the Australian context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425 - 444
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2001


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