Quotation Brandl, Julia, Pernkopf-Konhäusner, Katharina. 2009. Comparing models of staff development in a German and Russian professional service firm: A conventionalist approach. 6th Dutch HRM Network Conference, Amsterdam, Niederlande, 13.11.-14.11..




This paper seeks to advance research on how ideals of human resource management (HRM) differ cross-nationally by examining the typical plurality of HRM models within organizations. Drawing on French convention theory, we argue that HRM incorporates a compromise between market, industrial and domestic models of managing and that the ways in which they are invoked within organizations differs across settings. Examining stories of experiences with staff development in two professional service firms in Germany and Russia, we investigate the importance and the alignment of HRM models as well as their appreciation across organizational members. Findings reveal that the German firm is characterized by the predominance of the industrial model, a high degree of compromises and similar priorities of managers and employees. In contrast, the Russian firm shows lack of a dominant model, a low degree of compromises and different priorities between managers and employees. Our case comparison points to integrative and competing ideals of staff development within organizations that we associate, with some caution, with societal differences in Germany and in Russia. We conclude that by comparing the typical plurality of HRM models, we gain a deeper understanding of the tensions associated with HRM within organizations and the different sources of agreements across settings.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Comparing models of staff development in a German and Russian professional service firm: A conventionalist approach
Event 6th Dutch HRM Network Conference
Year 2009
Date 13.11.-14.11.
Country Netherlands
Location Amsterdam
URL http://www.hrm-network.nl/conference3.html


Brandl, Julia (Former researcher)
Pernkopf, Katharina (Details)
Interdisciplinary Institute for Management and Organizational Behavior IN (Details)
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