Journal article

The Diffusion of HR Practices in Chinese Workplaces and Organizational Outcomes

PG Gahan, M Michelotti, G Standing

Industrial and Labor Relations Review | Cornell University Press | Published : 2012


How relevant are human resource (HR) practices in economies undergoing significant economic transition from a command to a market-based system? Using data drawn from a large sample of Chinese establishments, the authors investigate the spread of a range of Western-style HR practices in China and estimate the relationship between the adoption of these practices and three organizational outcomes: sales per employee, total labor costs, and unit labor costs. They find a mixed result for the relationships between labor management practices and establishment productivity. While the introduction of a number of HR practices was also associated with significantly higher labor costs, the results indic..

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