On Race and Recruiting Practices in Foreign Firms in India: The Case of German Multinationals before 1947

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    This paper deals with Human Resource Management (HRM) in German
    multinationals in India before 1947. It identifies the most important HR challenges and how they changed over time, responding to recent calls for a stronger historical contextualization of HRM research. Drawing on theoretical concepts of institutionalism, the paper shows that HRM was
    heavily influenced by different stakeholders in the host country, India, but also by home country politics and the local perception of multinationals’ origin country. Not institutional distance or foreignness but concrete, and sometimes misleading, ideas about Germany shaped HR practices as well as their evaluation by local stakeholders.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2014
    Number of pages23
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventInformal and Everyday Markets: Histories of Business and Entrepeneurship in India since the 19th century - Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
    Duration: 18 Jun 201420 Jun 2014


    ConferenceInformal and Everyday Markets
    LocationGeorg-August-Universität Göttingen
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