A Model of Multinational Enterprise Subsidiary Staffing Composition

International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 207-224, February 2006

HKUST Business School Research Paper No. 07-19

Posted: 23 Jul 2007

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Ibraiz Tarique

Pace University

Randall S. Schuler

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Department of Human Resource Management

Yaping Gong

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST)

Abstract

A large proportion of the multinational enterprise (MNE) literature focuses on parent country national (PCN) expatriates. The high costs of managing and supporting PCNs on foreign assignments, however, have made these assignments less attractive for MNEs and, as a result, MNEs are more actively exploring ways to effectively utilize third country nationals (TCNs) and host country nationals (HCNs), as well as PCNs to satisfy international subsidiary staffing needs. Grounded in the person-environment (P-E) fit theory, we delineate three environmental dimensions (strategic, national and organizational) to offer some propositions that may serve to guide this exploration. These propositions are based on an integrative model that examines the MNE subsidiary staffing composition under combinations of strategic, national and organizational dimensions. We conclude with suggestions for future research.

Keywords: International assignments, IHRM, recruitment and selection, MNE strategy and staffing practices

Suggested Citation

Tarique, Ibraiz and Schuler, Randall S. and Gong, Yaping, A Model of Multinational Enterprise Subsidiary Staffing Composition. International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 207-224, February 2006; HKUST Business School Research Paper No. 07-19. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1002270

Ibraiz Tarique (Contact Author)

Pace University ( email )

One Pace Plaza
White Plains, NY New York 10603
United States

Randall S. Schuler

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Department of Human Resource Management ( email )

United States

Yaping Gong

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) ( email )

Clearwater Bay
Kowloon, 999999
Hong Kong

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