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Readings and Cases in International Human Resource Management (7th edition)

Book Chapter
In this reading, the authors examine the challenges facing ABB from the historic perspective of internationalization of the firm and the concomitant evolution of HRM. The dilemmas faced by ABB have always existed. What has changed is the nature and speed of communication between a company’s headquarters and its subsidiaries around the world. But the essential problems of being flexible and responsive to local market needs while promoting global efficiency, avoiding duplication, and coordinating and controlling diverse units and people, remain.

Emeritus Professor of Organisational Behaviour