Devolution of HRM practices: perspectives of two major Japanese electrical and electronics companies in Malaysia

Abang Ekhsan, Abang Othman (2008) Devolution of HRM practices: perspectives of two major Japanese electrical and electronics companies in Malaysia. Manager Journal, 8 (1). pp. 128-145. ISSN 2286-170X

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This study examines the devolution of HRM functions, the rationale and problems of such devolution to line management in the context of applications and processes in two major Japanese multinational companies in Malaysia. The research used mixed methodology via case studies and questionnaire surveys. Overall 29 questionnaires from two companies were analyzed, a response rate of 58 percent. In addition, the views of the Executive Director, Head of HR, and line managers were sought regarding their role, involvement and problems of devolvement to line managers. Analysis of questionnaire responses and interviews shows that devolution of HRM functions to the line managers was adopted by both organizations, though their approaches varied in terms of process. The study revealed a high degree of devolution of responsibility to line managers for recruitment and selection and training and development. The devolution of training and development functions specifically to a separate department resulted in their increased effectiveness. Extensive participation and a close working relationship on HR-related issues between HR managers and line managers jointly contributed to the effectiveness of the companies’ devolution of HRM functions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Devolution of HRM functions, HR managers, Line managers,UNIMAS, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Universiti, University, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan,case study
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 02:13
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 06:34

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