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Managing Human Resources in Asia-Pacific, 2nd Edition by Pawan S. Budhwar, Arup Varma

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9

Human Resource Management in Vietnam

Anne Cox

Introduction

Shaped like an elongated S, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam stretches the length of the Indochinese Peninsula and covers a surface area of 329,560 square kilometres. The history of this small country can be described as nothing less than heroic and is marked by a nearly continuous fight for independence and autonomy against some of the biggest economies in the world, such as China, Japan, France and the United States of America.

In 1975, after ending the war with the United States, Vietnam committed to the development of a hard-line socialist economic system, which shortly resulted in economic failure. More than a decade later, in 1986, the Communist government ended its previous ...

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