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HRM development in post-colonial societies: The challenges of advancing HRM practices in Ghana

Ayentimi, DT ORCID: 0000-0001-5952-3023, Burgess, J and Brown, K 2018 , 'HRM development in post-colonial societies: The challenges of advancing HRM practices in Ghana' , International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, vol. 18, no. 2 , pp. 125-147 , doi: 10.1177/1470595818765863.

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Abstract

This article is based on a literature review that integrates history, institutions and culture toaddress the following research questions. First, how did human resource management (HRM)progress during post-colonial Ghana? Second, what factors are likely to undermine the advancementof HRM practices in Ghana? Finally, what are the implications for HRM practice and theory?This article identified several factors originating from the economic and socio-cultural systemas driving forces underpinning the advancement of HRM practices in Ghana. Key issues are(i) Ghanaian cultural beliefs and assumptions; (ii) respect for social status, power and authority;(iii) the involvement of religious institutions in business activities; (iv) the dominance of small andmedium scale enterprises in the local economy (informal sector); (v) education, skills developmentand training mismatch; and (vi) lack of HRM professionalization and regulatory body. This articleargues the assimilation of history, institutions and culture connects comparative HRM practicesand post-colonial studies to establish a detailed understanding of persistent colonial institutionalinheritance (legacies) of HRM practices as against HRM practices that signify the effects ofGhanaian contextual distinctiveness. We conclude that the best practice is building a synergy offoreign HRM practices alien to Ghana and the culture-sensitive Ghanaian version that produces thebest-fit HRM practices for Ghana.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Ayentimi, DT and Burgess, J and Brown, K
Keywords: HRM, post-colonial societies, recruitment and selection, training and development
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Cross Cultural Management
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN: 1470-5958
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/1470595818765863
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