CHAPTER 44

AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

ANNE-MARIE DOLAN AND ALAN NANKERVIS

The ongoing discourse concerning the global convergence or divergence of human resource management (HRM) strategies, systems, and practices suggests that elements of both persist in all national contexts, including those of Australia and New Zealand.1 However, their influence varies, depending on economic, political, and social factors, the dynamism of local industry sectors, and the nature of industrial-relations systems. The stage of evolution of the HRM profession and the associated competencies of HR professionals are also crucial characteristics everywhere.

Australia’s Business Environment

Australia is simultaneously the largest island and the smallest continent in ...

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