Internationalisation of Construction Service Corporations: Impact of Size and International Experience

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Chris Rowley

 et al.

Very few studies have examined the association between the firm size and firm international experience with the internationalisation of service firms. Using an integrated theoretical approach, this paper examines the internationalisation of Pakistan-based construction service corporations with specific focus on four dimensions: motives, firm-specific competitive advantages, home country-specific competitive advantages and locational considerations.

Updated: 03/10/2013
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Issues in Employee Resourcing: Is All Labour Flexibility Good?

Professor Chris Rowley questions the received wisdom that flexible labour markets have entirely positive results. He argues that important aspects of employment, such as staff development, suffer when managers have increased access to the easier option to simply 'hire and fire'.

Updated: 16/09/2013
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Views: 1,585

The Importance of Human Capital Analysis: Risk, Ambiguity and Uncertainty

Author(s):

Chris Rowley

 et al.

After recent corporate failures, investors demand to know more about how great a factor the human element is as a key indicator of risk and of potential future value in firms.

Updated: 29/07/2013
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Views: 1,886

Knowledge Acquisition Competencies for Non-profit Leaders

This paper synthesises literature on the development of knowledge processes, especially knowledge acquisition. Competencies required for knowledge acquisition in nonprofits are presented and classified by theme, and illustrated by an empirical analysis of data from major performing arts boards.

Updated: 18/06/2013
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The role of paradox in understanding female career progression within UK professional services firms

In recent years, professional services firms have increasingly promoted their commitment to workplace gender diversity and inclusion (D&I). Research demonstrates that there are three narratives commonly cited to justify D&I. This study argues that the way in which organisational leaders combine and utilise these three narratives can help to predict their success in promoting gender diversity at senior levels.

Updated: 15/04/2013
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Job Satisfaction and Quality Management: An Empirical Analysis


Quality management requires increasing employee involvement, with the aim of attaining improved employee and customer satisfaction. However, although it may lead to increasing job demands and intensification, the evidence of an association between employee job satisfaction and quality management remains mixed and narrow. This study investigates this link in the wider economy, and addresses the role of human resource management practices that target direct employee participation (job enrichment and high involvement management) in this relationship.

Updated: 28/03/2013
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Reverse Knowledge Transfer from Subsidiaries to Multinational Companies: Examples From South Korea

Author(s):

Chris Rowley

 et al.

The debate around primary determinants influencing Reverse Knowledge Transfer has yet to attain academic consensus. This paper draws an overall picture of Reverse Knowledge Transfer from subsidiaries to parent firms, particularly in the context of an energetic emerging market, by incorporating all the different facets of the phenomenon. The research is based on a sample of subsidiary companies located in South Korea.

Updated: 13/03/2013
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Corporate Social Responsibility and New Job Seekers in the Greater China Region: Factors in Application Decisions

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Chris Rowley

 et al.

Despite the post-2008 financial crisis economic fallout, demand for skilled employees outstrips supply in various locations. What might assist organisations in tight labour markets better understand how prospective employees choose the jobs they apply for? Signaling theory explains how job seekers are attracted based on the information and signals they receive (directly and indirectly) about organisations. There is evidence that Corporate Social Responsibility is one of the signals that can motivate and retain workforces. Our study examines the extent to which job choices are influenced by CSR issues (a company's legal, ethical, philanthropic responsibilities) as compared to traditional job characteristics (salary, prospects, location, company type). Our focus is on the Greater China Region.

Updated: 22/02/2013
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Factors that influence the success of women in careers.

We investigate the careers of women, in terms of the influence from individual and organisational factors on objective (management level, salary) and subjective (satisfaction) success. Using a survey and interviews of executives in South Korea, we find influences from both sets of factors, but in particular from male-dominated organisational cultures.

Updated: 21/01/2013
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Views: 2,820