Title: Human resource management and employment practices in the Hong Kong power supply industry: the challenge of industrial de-regulation and business re-structuring

Authors: Sek Hong Ng, Olivia Ip

Addresses: School of Business, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong. ' Department of Management, The City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

Abstract: Power supply has been one of the key public utility industries in Hong Kong, as protected by official franchise granted by the government for regulating and controlling entry. It is the purpose of this paper to explore and investigate how the impending advents of |market de-regulation| have affected people management and employee perception within two monopolistic power plants in Hong Kong. The authors have postulated and illustrated empirically the strategic role played by enhanced activities of human resource management and employment practices in the process of corporate renewal in face of the challenge of escalated business competition in the power supply market.

Keywords: franchise; industry deregulation; market deregulation; human resource management; HRM; employment practices; power supply industry; strategic human resource management; corporate reengineering; corporate restructuring; Hong Kong.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHRDM.2008.018204

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 2008 Vol.8 No.1/2, pp.111 - 138

Published online: 11 May 2008 *

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