International HRM Practices in Africa: The Implications of Chinese Firms Operating in Africa

Ajonbadi, Hakeem Ajonadi and Adekoya, Olatunji David and Mordi, Chima and Adisa, Toyin Ajibade and Awodun, Muritala Olakitan and Kamaluddeen-Aiyelabegan, Habibah (2023) International HRM Practices in Africa: The Implications of Chinese Firms Operating in Africa. In: Managing Human Resources in Africa: A Critical Approach. Palgrave Macmillan, Switzerland, pp. 253-276. ISBN 9783031338786

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The emerging literature on China–Africa cooperation has provided some insight into human resource management (HRM) and organisation studies. More research is therefore needed, and this necessitates a deeper comprehension of how Chinese MNCs’ development and their increasingly apparent strategic interest/intent and capabilities could be conceptualised with implications for HRM. Therefore, this chapter explores international HRM practices in Africa and the implications of Chinese firms operating on the continent. The chapter reviewed the extant literature that has examined Chinese operations in Africa and the emerging implications of these operations for HRM research and practice. Specifically, we found that while resource-seeking remains the primary motive for Chinese internalisation in Africa, these internalisational strategies tend to vary in different industries and may also be determined by MNCs’ ownership structure. Moreover, given the similar cultural attributes (Chinese Confucianism and African Ubuntu) and differences in labour participation, there appears to be a cross vergence of HRM practices in Chinese MNCs operating in Africa, as well as the different adaptive measures implemented by Chinese MNCs to maintain their internationalisation intent.

Item Type: Book Section
24 July 2023Published
Subjects: CAH17 - business and management > CAH17-01 - business and management > CAH17-01-05 - human resource management
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School
Depositing User: Hakeem Ajonbadi
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2023 14:05
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2023 14:05

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