Employment in Chinese MNEs: appraising the Dragon's gift to sub-Saharan Africa


Jackson, T. 2014. Employment in Chinese MNEs: appraising the Dragon's gift to sub-Saharan Africa. Human Resource Management. 53 (6), pp. 897-919. https://doi.org/10.1002/hrm.21565
TitleEmployment in Chinese MNEs: appraising the Dragon's gift to sub-Saharan Africa
AuthorsJackson, T.

China’s international engagement is changing geopolitical dynamics to an extent that Western governments appear concerned. Negative reports of this engagement in Africa abound, not least in the area of employment relations and HRM. Yet currently there is a lack of serious management research and theory development in this area, leaving international HR managers to rely on anecdotal information. The way Chinese management engage with African workforces may be quite different to Western managers. The current work suggests that understanding this engagement should be informed by China’s recent anti-imperialist involvement in Africa, its commercial motivation coupled with its political-seeking motive, the values such as paternalism that modify Western influences on Chinese HRM that are brought to Africa, and possible synergies with African values. Yet the current work identifies from the current published evidence a disparity between China’s professed strategic level of engagement and what happens at organizational level, indicating that many Chinese organizations may be contributing to employment, but not to up-skilling of workers, mutual learning or engagement with local communities.

KeywordsChina in Africa, Chinese MNEs, Employment relations, cross-cultural management, International HRM.
Research GroupInternational and Cross-cultural Management group
JournalHuman Resource Management
Publication dates
Online24 Apr 2014
Print21 Nov 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited28 Sep 2012
Accepted02 Jul 2013
Output statusPublished
Copyright Statement

This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Jackson, T. (2014), Employment in Chinese MNEs: Appraising the Dragon's Gift to Sub‐Saharan Africa. Human Resource Management, 53: 897-919. doi:10.1002/hrm.21565, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/hrm.21565. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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Special Issue: Emerging Markets. Guest Editors Adrian Wilkinson, Geoffrey Wood, and Mehmet Demirbag

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/hrm.21565
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