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Human Resources in Asia-Pacific: Agenda for Future Research and Policy

Arup Varma and Pawan S. Budhwar

Introduction

Since the publication of the first volume (see Budhwar, 2004), there has been continued interest in studying the human resource (HR) practices in the Asia-Pacific region. Not surprisingly, countries in the region have followed different trajectories in their growth paths. This is to be expected as the socio-cultural, economic, political and legal frameworks (among others) guide and often determine national HRM policies and practices (Budhwar and Debrah, 2009). For example, China follows a one-party political framework that makes decision making relatively easier. On the other hand, India has a multi-party democracy that often ...

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