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All in transition: human resource management and labour relations in the Chinese industrial sector

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Corporate Editor Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH
Abstract This discussion paper is a literature study reviewing the development of human resource management in China, with a particular focus (where possible) on the automobile industry. It presents the Chinese context for HRM discussing the normative debate about the adaptation of Western management methods and the heritage of Chinese philosophy and values, and it describes the economic, cultural, and transition-specific factors which influence HRM in China. In more detail, the paper deals with work organization analyzing to which extent companies transfer Western work organization systems to China and describing Chinese concepts of teamwork and leadership. As to personal development, it deals with Chinese approaches to recruitment and career systems also describing the debate about skill formation in the Chinese industry. Wage and incentive systems in China are analyzed, and the system of employee interest representation in China and the role of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions are presented. (author's abstract)
Keywords automobile industry; China; human resource management; value-orientation; philosophy; cultural behavior; education; wage; incentive; work organization; teamwork; leadership; representation of interests
Classification Management Science; Sociology of Work, Industrial Sociology, Industrial Relations
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
City Berlin
Page/Pages 41 p.
Series Discussion Papers / Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Forschungsschwerpunkt Gesellschaft und wirtschaftliche Dynamik, Forschungsgruppe Globalisierung, Arbeit und Produktion, SP III 2012-302
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications