Chinese Overseas Businesses: Diverse Forms of Engagement and Different Implications for Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

Dec 01, 2016 | 10:00 AM c.t. - 12:00 PM

The rapid growth of Chinese investment and business activities in the African continent and South/Southeast Asia since the 21st century has led China to become one of these regions’ most important economic partners. This presents a departure from, for example, the historical African economic links with the West that may have profound political, economic, social and environmental implications for African development. This presentation aims to investigate diverse forms of engagement of the Chinese businesses in the African continent and South/Southeast Asian regions. Drawing on evidence from the construction, mining, and IT industry as well as privately-owned small commercial businesses, the presentation examines the business strategy and human resource management practices adopted by these firms and assess their impact on the development of human resources and industrial relations in the host countries. The presentation also analyses the institutional forces that may influence the Chinese firms’ operational environment. It highlights lessons to be learned for Chinese firms that wish to go global and embed their business in the host country in a sustainable manner.

Dr Fang Lee Cooke is Associate Dean (Graduate Research) and Distinguished Professor (Human Resource Management and Asia Studies), Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She is a Fellow of Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Fang's research interests are in the area of employment relations, gender studies, diversity management, strategic HRM, knowledge management and innovation, outsourcing, Chinese outward FDI and employment of Chinese migrants, and HRM in the care sector Please note that the lecture is part of the course on "Institutional Theory" at GEAS.

Time & Location

Dec 01, 2016 | 10:00 AM c.t. - 12:00 PM

Room K.18
Graduate School of East Asian Studies
Freie Universität Berlin
Hittorfstr. 18
14195 Berlin