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International HRM in the context of uncertainty and crisis: A systematic review of literature (2000-2018)

Can Ererdi

Can Ererdi was born in Istanbul in 1989. After graduating from St.Benoit High School, he moved on to complete a B.A in Management at Sabanci University. After graduation, he moved to Barcelona to pursue his Ms.C in International Business at ESADE. He further graduated from the Ph.D in Management & Organization program at Bogazici University in September 2020. He now continues to work on his academic pursuits.


His study provides an overview of research on international  HRM practices in the context of uncertainty and crisis. With a pool of  72 research articles drawn from 32 journals and published between the  years 2000 and 2018, this paper aims to systematically review three  distinct research streams within the uncertainty and crisis literature  and their effects on international HRM. These three distinct research  streams are 1) economic crisis, 2) natural disasters and 3) political  uncertainty. In the context of constant economic crisis, we propose  further research to explore and integrate high-performance HRM  practices and talent management into socially responsible HRM  practices. In a natural disaster context, we propose looking into  emergency management frameworks within HRM. Finally, in a politically  uncertain context, we propose that the development of expatriate  assignments and their needs be further investigated. A key  contribution of our research is its focus on context and  responsiveness in an ever-changing business setting. The importance of  boundary conditions and their effect on the implementation of HRM have been overlooked and understudied. A focus on these aspects  will provide a nuanced and more realistic understanding of how  international HRM unfolds. Relatedly, we consolidate existing research  regarding international HRM practices in an uncertainty and crisis  context, for our review found it to be scattered and fragmented among  disciplines. By doing so, we review existing gaps in the literature  and provide a detailed map for future research.

Nisan 12, 2021 - 17:00