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  • Michael Brookes
  • Chris Brewster
  • Geoff Wood
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1690-1711
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Early online date11 Jan 2017
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2017


Rooted in the literature on comparative capitalism, we examine the effects of host country institutions on the intra-organizational practices of multinational corporations (MNCs), using transnational level survey data, exploring change over time. We found that the less comprehensive institutional mediation of the Liberal Market Economies correlated with greater diversity and a more pronounced difference between domestic firms and foreign MNCs. However, rather than being the predicted norm entrepreneurs, MNCs tended to follow the lead of local firms in adjusting HRM policies and practices towards liberalization. Those most prone to challenging existing orders were in industries facing particular crises of competitiveness. Finally, we found that single regulatory features rather than complex assemblies of institutions exerted particularly strong effects on the individual firms’ practices encompassed in this study.


This is the Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in The International Journal of Human Resource Management on 4 July 2017, available online at: Under embargo until 11 July 2018.

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