Title: Hybrid human resource management in post-Soviet Kazakhstan

Authors: Dana B. Minbaeva, Kate Hutchings, S. Bruce Thomson

Addresses: Center for Strategic Management and Globalization, Copenhagen Business School, Porcelaenshaven 24, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark. ' Department of Management, Monash University, Building 11E, Clayton Vic 3800, Australia. ' Department of Management, Monash University, Building 11E, Clayton Vic 3800, Australia

Abstract: This paper explores Human Resource Management (HRM) practices in foreign-owned subsidiaries in Kazakhstan and examines the development of HRM and the extent to which practices and policies are reflective of their countries of origin, older-style Soviet and post-Soviet practices, or an emerging Kazakhstan. The discussion is based on findings which utilised a questionnaire-based survey, secondary data and interviews with HR managers. The paper concludes that HRM and employee relations practices utilised are a hybrid of old-style Soviet and Western-based approaches (US and European), and also provided are some implications for theory and managerial practice.

Keywords: human resource management; HRM; foreign direct investment; FDI; Kazakhstan; post-Soviet practices; international management.

DOI: 10.1504/EJIM.2007.015656

European Journal of International Management, 2007 Vol.1 No.4, pp.350 - 371

Published online: 06 Nov 2007 *

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