Strategic HRM practices: perspectives of Malaysian and Japanese owned companies in Malaysia

Abang Ekhsan, Abang Othman (2009) Strategic HRM practices: perspectives of Malaysian and Japanese owned companies in Malaysia. Global Business and Management research: An International Journal, 1 (1). pp. 1-22. ISSN 1947-5667

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Purpose - This study examines the applications and processes of one of the key distinctive features of strategic HRM, i.e. integration of HRM functions with business/corporate strategy and two key HRM functions, recruitment and selection and training and development. Design/methodology/approach – The research used mixed methodology approach via questionnaire survey and semi-structured random interviews. Of the 113 questionnaires returned, 86 usable questionnaires were analyzed, a response rate of 16.5 percent. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 HR practitioners and 9 line managers from Malaysian and Japanese owned companies. Findings – Analysis of the questionnaire responses on strategic integration, recruitment and selection, and training and development show little difference in practices between the Malaysian and Japanese owned companies. Both Malaysian and Japanese owned companies indicated a higher HR involvement in the business/corporate strategy formulation process, either from the outset or in implementation. However, some contradictions in actual practice of strategic integration of HR with business/corporate strategy were evidenced by the interview data. In relation to recruitment and selection and training and development practices, there were differences in the practices in terms of elaborateness, approach and process. On a positive note, HRM in Malaysia seems to be in a state of change though the process is slow. Practical Implications - Provides some insights and practical implications to HRM practitioners and line managers about SHRM practices in Malaysia. Originality/Value - This paper contributes to the existing literature and also to overcoming the dearth of empirical research on the importance of SHRM practices in Malaysia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Strategic integration, Recruitment and selection, Training and development, UNIMAS, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Universiti, University, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, Research Paper
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development
Depositing User: Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2015 02:22
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 01:39

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