Global organizations and supply chain: new research avenues in the international human resource management

González-Loureiro, M., Dabić, M. ORCID: 0000-0001-8374-9719 and Puig, F., 2014. Global organizations and supply chain: new research avenues in the international human resource management. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, 44 (8/9), pp. 689-712. ISSN 0960-0035

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Purpose: This article aims at proposing a research agenda in the intersection of strategic supply chain management and logistics (SCML) of global organizations from the perspective of international human resource management (IHRM). Design/methodology/approach: To disclose the intellectual structure of research to date across both fields, the content of up to 280 articles dealing with IHRM and 174 papers addressing challenges in SCML in global organizations from a human resource management (HRM) viewpoint were analyzed. A stepwise hierarchical cluster and discriminant analysis were conducted to map a joint research agenda. Approaches from Upper Echelons theory and co-evolutionary theory of global organizations were adopted. Findings: Top management teams are crucial to manage SCML successfully in today’s global organizations. Research on this intersection should draw attention to find antecedents, consequences and the process showing how those talented people grouped in dispersed teams can be a source of competitive advantage. Six different areas of research are proposed. After discussing them, it is proposed that the mainstream should focus on the human capital, those key individuals of an organization that make things happen. In the near future, the global organization’s competitiveness will be shaped by how the organization manages its Human Capital (HC) in SCML. Methodologies such as meta-analysis are suggested to summarize the extant literature on IHRM when applied to SCML in global organizations. Research limitations/implications: The search was conducted in SSCI-ISIWoK and Scopus databases. As a limitation, some articles and other scientific contributions not abstracted there were not included. Nevertheless, both searches enabled obtaining balanced results between scope and richness of content. Originality/value: Only a marginal portion of literature reviews have been conducted by using mixed methods in the fields of IHRM and SCML. The results will be useful for scholars of both fields in their attempts to enlarge the knowledge boundaries in these areas. From a practitioner’s viewpoint, this research may provide an integrative framework for global organizations to build a competitive advantage based on managing HC and its SCML strategically.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management
Creators: González-Loureiro, M., Dabić, M. and Puig, F.
Publisher: Emerald
Date: 2014
Volume: 44
Number: 8/9
ISSN: 0960-0035
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 10 Mar 2017 08:54
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2017 12:28

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