Strategic international human resource management approaches in the maquiladora industry: A comparison of Japanese, Korean and US firms

Yongsun Paik, Mary B. Teagarden

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Abstract

The maquiladora option has made Mexico an increasingly attractive off-shore manufacturing site for multinational enterprises (MNEs) seeking global competitiveness. However, MNEs often encounter human resource management (HRM) challenges as they attempt to leverage these maquiladora benefits. MNEs use three approaches to international human resource management (IHRM) design in addressing these challenges - a mechanistic, ‘control’ approach; a paternalistic, ‘human relations’ approach; and a developmental, ‘human resource’ approach. This paper compares and contrasts these IHRM design approaches in Japanese, Korean and US maquiladora manufacturing operations in Mexico, identifies implications for the management of diversity based on these findings, and discusses the related competitiveness implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)568-587
Number of pages20
JournalThe International Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Japanese MNEs
  • Korean MNEs
  • Mexico
  • US MNEs
  • diversity
  • maquiladoras
  • national cultures
  • organizational cultures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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