Guest Editorial

Special Issue:
Management Challenges in Times of Global Change and Uncertainty

The Center for International Business, School of Business, Montclair State University, NJ in cooperation with partner institutions from around the world have successfully convened major international conferences in China, Chennai (India), Bangkok (Thailand), Bratislava (Slovakia), Guadalajara (Mexico), and Seoul (South Korea). The conference series was designed to promote international cooperation amongst academics to advance research and publications, as well as to foster faculty and student exchanges. The 9th International Conference on Global Business & Economic Development in 2005 entitled Management Challenges in Times of Global Change & Uncertainty was co-hosted by the Digital Business and Management Center, Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea. The conference attracted more than 300 delegates from over 40 countries, representing 150 universities. This Special Issue of the journal contains reframed manuscripts, which reflect seven of the best papers from this conference. These published papers were refined to give a focus on HRM topics.

The articles published in this Special Issue of the Research and Practice in Human Resource Management Journal cover a range of cutting edge research topics, by authors from Asia and Europe. The first article, “A relationship perspective to investigate the effect of human resource capability on information system outsourcing success”, explores the impact of corporate human resource capability on IS outsourcing; and the second, “Promoting employees’ innovativeness and organisational citizenship behaviour through superior-subordinate relationship in the workplace” examines the links between the supervisory relationship and employee productivity in the Malaysian banking industry.

The next article, “An emic approach to understand culturally indigenous and alien human resource management practices in global companies”, highlights the limitations of culturally ‘alien’ HRM practices in global companies; whilst “Reducing resistance to change through knowledge management: A conceptual approach” discusses the use of knowledge management as an important HR tool in reducing employee resistance to change, and in better managing innovation.

The article, “The choice of strategic international HRM orientation by Japanese firms: Examining the effects of affiliates’ local business strategies” is based on an ongoing empirical investigation of Japanese affiliates in China. It observes that the market strategies of these affiliates have a significant impact on their choice of the appropriate strategic international HRM practices, concluding that those with cost reduction and differentiation strategies tend to adopt more integrative strategic international HRM orientations, compared with those without consistent market strategies. The following article, “Achieving organisational prosperity through employee motivation and retention: A comparative study of strategic HRM practices in Malaysian institutions”, highlights the links between motivators such as attractive salary packages and retention. The final article, “Information technology offshore outsourcing in India: A human resources management perspective“, examines the paradigm of ‘off shoring’ as applied in the IT services sector in India, and the associated HRM issues.

We would like to congratulate the authors of these articles for their contributions to this Special Issue, and trust that journal readers will find much of value in this collection.

C. Jayachandran PhD
Co-Chair, 9th IB Conference
Director,The Center of International Business
Montclair State University
New Jersey, USA

Namjae Cho PhD
Co-Chair, 9th IB Conference
Director, Digital Business and Management Center
Hanyang University
Seoul, South Korea

October 2005