International human resource management of Japanese multinational corporations: Challenges and future directions

Tomoki Sekiguchi, Fabian Jintae Froese, Chie Iguchi

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Japanese multinational corporations (MNCs) enjoyed global success until the early 1990s, but recent trends have presented many challenges, necessitating adaptations to international human resource management (IHRM) and other management practices. In reviewing recent changes in the IHRM of Japanese MNCs by focusing on 'internal internationalization' at headquarters and 'external internationalization' in foreign subsidiaries, we develop a framework that elucidates these processes through the characteristics of industries and Japanese MNCs. Moreover, we discuss future research avenues for a deeper understanding of Japanese IHRM and generating new knowledge in the IHRM field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-109
Number of pages27
JournalAsian Business and Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Strategy and Management

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