Dissertation: Perspectives on electronic human resource management in the multinational setting

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M.Sc. Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä´s cross-disciplinary study introduces perspectives on electronic human resource management (e-HRM) systems in the multinational setting.
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The study seeks answers to the following questions: what factors affect the acceptance and use of e-HRM in multinational corporations (MNCs) subsidiaries, how do these factors influence e-HRM’s strategic potential and other outcomes and finally, what are the likely future trends in ICT and what implications will these trends have for HRM and e-HRM.

– The use of technology in multinational corporations has increased rapidly in recent years. Electronic human resource management systems are no exception, however, literature in this area is still at an early stage, Heikkilä describes the background of his study.

Results show that organizational politics, language issues and institution matter in e-HRM implementation.

– Results support the view that it is important to predict the future implications of IT for HR. For example the social media gives the voice to personnel. This may have effects on training the personnel, explains Heikkilä.

The dissertation comprises four empirical articles. The first article sheds light on issues that cause conflicts during e-HRM implementation and determines the resources used during negotiations. The second article focuses on the effects of language standardization on the acceptance and use of e-HRM systems. The third article investigates how institutional factors affect Western-origin e-HRM practices in MNC subsidiaries in China, and studies the extent to which these factors influence e-HRM’s strategic potential. The fourth article focuses on the future of e-HRM and identifies IT trends and their implications for HRM.

The public examination of the doctoral dissertation Perspectives on e-HRM in the Multinational Setting will be on Friday 20th of September at 12 o’clock in the Auditorium Kurtén (Tervahovi). The field of dissertation is international management. Dr. Tanya Bondarouk from the University of Twente (Netherlands) will act as opponent and professor Adam Smale as custos.

Orders of the publication and pdf

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