Managing the HR dimension of international project operations

C. Welch, Denice Welch, Marja Tahvanainen

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While much is known about the role of HRM in achieving positive outcomes in foreign subsidiary and international joint venture contexts, there has been a paucity of research into HRM issues in international project operations. In this paper, we develop an analytical framework to demonstrate the HR activities of each stage of the international project lifecycle, drawing upon supporting data from a study of Australian firms in international development projects. The discontinuous, complex and unique characteristics of international projects produce distinct IHRM challenges: for the supplying firm, particularly staff deployment and HR planning; and for project workers, in terms of career trajectory and job security.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-222
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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