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The social dimension of the European Union : implications for strategic international human resource management in Australian multinational enterprises

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De Cieri, Helen (1996) The social dimension of the European Union : implications for strategic international human resource management in Australian multinational enterprises. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

The development of the European Union (EU) has provided a forum for the
attention of social scientists, political analysts, economists, and management
researchers and practitioners over the past few decades. It has been argued that
developments in the social dimension of the EU will hold significance for
multinational enterprises (MNEs) (Blanpain & Engels, 1993; Brewster &
Hegewisch, 1994). The growth of the European Union as a significant player in
world markets has particular significance for Australian MNEs, as the EU is
Australia's largest economic partner in terms of total transactions in goods,
services and investment (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 1994a).
Hence, the implications of the social dimension of the EU for Australian MNEs
provide the context of this thesis.
The two broad themes for this thesis are policy analysis and theory development.
First, policy analysis involves investigation of the environment, including Australia
and the EU Member States (at national level), and the EU (at supra-national level).
MNEs form the central unit of analysis in this thesis. The research approach is
aimed to permit contextualization of the findings, particularly with regard to
strategic international human resource management (SIHRM) (Schuler, Dowling &
De Cieri, 1993) in Australian MNEs operating in the EU. Second, this thesis aims to operationalize an integrative approach to theoretical
advancement in SEHRM. In order to analyse the development of SMIRK a
conceptual integrative framework developed by Schuler et al. (1993) is examined.
The thesis charts the development of the field of SIHRM, recognising that it is a
relatively new area of enquiry and practical significance for MNEs.
Four major research questions were identified for investigation. In addition, 16
research propositions generated by Schuler et al. (1993) were selected for
investigation in this thesis. The research methodology utilised in this thesis
incorporates questionnaire surveys and organizational case studies to analyse quantitative and qualitative data on SEHRM issues, functions, policies and practices
of Australian MNEs operating in the EU. Data collection consists of three major
components. First, a pilot study was conducted in a large MINE operating in the
EU, in order to identify major SEHRM themes and issues in the EU context.
Second, questionnaire surveys were conducted in December of 1992 and 1994 to
investigate the role of S1HRM in Australian MNEs operating in the EU. Third, a
major organizational case study was analysed.
The discussion and analysis of the thesis findings leads to conclusions with respect
to the implications of the social dimension of the EU for HERM in Australian
MNEs. This research holds a range of implications relevant to policy analysis and
development, theory development, research methodology, and STHRM practice. A
revision of the integrative framework of SIHRM is presented.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: European Union countries, International business enterprises
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Spine title: Strategic international human resource management in Australian multinational enterprises. Pamphlet in pocket at back of vol. Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Tasmania, 1996. Includes bibliographical references

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