Unraveling Home and Host Country Effects: An Investigation of the Hr Policies of an American Multinational in Four European Countries

31 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2005

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Philip Almond

De Montfort University - Leicester Business School

Tony Edwards

King's College London

Patrick Gunnigle

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School

Trevor Colling

De Montfort University - Department of Human Resource Management

Anthony Ferner

De Montfort University

Michael Müller-Camen

De Montfort University - Leicester Business School

Javier Quintanilla

University of Navarra, IESE Business School

Hartmut Wächter

University of Trier

Abstract

This article argues that the institutional "home" and "host" country effects on employment policy and practice in multinational corporations (MNCs) need to be analyzed within a framework which takes more account both of the multiple levels of embeddedness experienced by the MNC, and processes of negotiation at different levels within the firm. Using in-depth case study analysis of the human resource (HR) structure and industrial relations and pay policies of a large U.S.-owned MNC in the IT sector, across Germany, Ireland, Spain, and the United Kingdom, the article attempts to move towards such a framework.

Suggested Citation

Almond, Philip and Edwards, Tony and Gunnigle, Patrick and Colling, Trevor and Ferner, Anthony and Müller-Camen, Michael and Quintanilla, Javier and Wächter, Hartmut, Unraveling Home and Host Country Effects: An Investigation of the Hr Policies of an American Multinational in Four European Countries. Industrial Relations, Vol. 44, No. 2, pp. 276-306, April 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=684329

Philip Almond (Contact Author)

De Montfort University - Leicester Business School ( email )

Milton Keynes, MK7 6HP
United Kingdom

Tony Edwards

King's College London ( email )

Patrick Gunnigle

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School ( email )

Limerick
Ireland
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Trevor Colling

De Montfort University - Department of Human Resource Management ( email )

Leicester, LE1 9BH
United Kingdom
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Anthony Ferner

De Montfort University ( email )

Leicester Business School Department of HRM
Leicester LE1 9BH
United Kingdom

Michael Müller-Camen

De Montfort University - Leicester Business School ( email )

The Gateway
Leicester, LE1 9BH
United Kingdom

Javier Quintanilla

University of Navarra, IESE Business School ( email )

Avenida Pearson 21
Barcelona, 08034
Spain

Hartmut Wächter

University of Trier ( email )

15, Universitaetsring
Trier, 54286
Germany

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