Similar, But Still Different: How US Multinational Companies in Germany and Switzerland Use Host‐Country Training and Skill Practices

19 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2013

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Marlies Kluike

University of Tübingen - School of Business and Economics

Kerstin Pull

University of Tuebingen - School of Business and Economics

Date Written: November 2013

Abstract

We examine in how far US subsidiaries in Germany and Switzerland display characteristics of a strategic fit with their host country and mostly find support for our predictions. Subsequently we determine each subsidiary's host‐country fit and test for within country differences in using local training and skill practices. We find the extent of continuing vocational education and training and the extent to which training on the job is important to vary with host‐country fit in Germany, while in Switzerland, as predicted, we find no such relations.

Suggested Citation

Kluike, Marlies and Pull, Kerstin, Similar, But Still Different: How US Multinational Companies in Germany and Switzerland Use Host‐Country Training and Skill Practices (November 2013). Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 44, Issue 5-6, pp. 495-513, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2357748 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/irj.12031

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