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Beyond the Enterprise: Broadening the Horizons of International HRM

[Rick Delbridge, Marco Hauptmeier] and Sukanya Sengupta

Human Relations, 64, 4, 483-505

This is an introduction to a special issue of the journal and also a full-length paper

Abstract

In this article we argue that International HRM research will benefit from an extended research agenda that moves: i) beyond the enterprise, ii) beyond managerialism, and iii) beyond universalism. This will require both a wider range of theoretical resources to be brought to bear and a greater attentiveness to the interpenetrating levels of the empirical worlds that are subject to evaluation and explanation. The article reflects on the opportunities for drawing on theoretical frameworks from proximate research areas and advances a multi-level approach in order to achieve a more holistic and situated understanding of HRM in its international and comparative contexts.