International Human Resource Management, 3/E

Full information about the 3rd edition of my IHRM textbook

International Human Resource Management

© 2011 Anne-Wil Harzing and Ashly Pinnington (eds.), SAGE Publications Ltd., London, 624 pp. ISBN 9781847872838 and ISBN 9781847872937 (pbk).

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(This is the third edition; the first edition appeared in 1995, the second edition appeared in 2004, the fourth edition in 2014, and the fifth edition in 2019.)

This totally revised edition of the bestselling text provides a comprehensive, international perspective of the consequences of internationalization for the management of people across borders.

Based on feedback from lecturers and students, as well as careful consideration of the changing needs of relevant courses, this new edition contains many new chapters to offer students an up-to-date and thorough understanding of the essential elements of international human resource management.

This book provides an integrated research-based perspective of the consequences of internationalisation for the management of people across borders. The book’s comprehensiveness is evidenced by its broad and global coverage.

  • We commence with a thorough overview of the main ways that IHRM has been conceptualised to date. IHRM has been linked to strategy, viewed through comparative HRM research and seen from cultural, institutional, market and organisational perspectives.
  • The second section of this book addresses expatriate management and employment practices seen from both their external environment and the internal environment of the MNC. It ends with a review of the state of the art of the literature on organisational and individual performance.
  • In the third section we consider the current state of the field on IHRM practices, which attends to the role of globalisation and the extent to which HRM differs between countries, and the underlying reasons for these differences.
  • In the fourth section we then turn to consider how IHRM appears to be developing and changing in relation to issues of gender, work-life, regulation of employment, social responsibility, sustainability and diversity.

A second distinctive feature of this book is its solid research base. All chapters have been specifically commissioned for this book and all authors are experts and active researchers in their respective fields. Rather than having a final chapter with ‘recent developments and challenges in IHRM’, we have given all authors the clear brief to supplement classic theories and models with cutting-edge research and developments.

A third and final distinctive characteristic of this book is that it is truly international, both in its outlook and in its author base. Authors use examples from all over the world and their research base extends beyond the traditional American research literature. Although many authors are currently working at American, European and Australian universities, virtually all have extensive international experience and their countries of origin are very varied.

This new edition also includes student discussion questions, case studies, further readings, internet resources and self-assesment questions. It will continue to be essential reading for students of human resource management, international business and international strategy.


As a textbook this book will appeal to advanced undergraduate students and Masters students wanting a comprehensive and integrated treatment of International HRM that includes the most recent theoretical developments.

As a research book, it provides PhD students and other researchers with a very good introduction into the field and an extensive list of references that will allow them to get an up-to-date overview of the area.

Finally, practitioners looking for solutions to their international HR problems might find some useful frameworks in Parts 1, 2 and 4, while the chapters in Part 3 will allow them to gain a better understanding of country differences
in managing people.

Table of contents

Introduction - Ashly Pinnington and Anne-Wil Harzing

PART 1: Strategic, Comparative and Organisational Perspectives on IHRM

  1. Strategic Management and IHRM - Ashly Pinnington
  2. Comparative Human Resource Management - Chris Brewster and Wolfgang Mayrhofer
  3. Culture in International Human Resource Management - Laurence Romani
  4. Human Resource Management in Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions - Vladimir Pucik, Ingmar Björkman, Paul Evans and Gunter Stahl
  5. Approaches to IHRM - Chris Rowley, Irene Hon-fun Poon, Ying Zhu and Malcolm Warner

PART 2: International Assignments and Employment Practices

  1. International Assignments - Sebastian Reiche and Anne-Wil Harzing
  2. Multinational Companies and the Host Country Environment - Damian Grimshaw, Jill Rubery and Phil Almond
  3. The Transfer of Employment Practices Across Borders in Multinational Companies Tony Edwards
  4. High Performance Work Systems – International Evidence of the Impact on Firms and Employees Margaret Heffernan, Patrick Flood and Wenchuan Liu

PART 3: IHRM Practices

  1. Managing Knowledge in Multinational Firms - Ingmar Björkman, Paul Evans and Vladimir Pucik
  2. The Development of Global Leaders and Expatriates - Yaw A. Debrah and Christopher J. Rees
  3. Global and Local Resourcing - Ying Zhu, Chris Rowley and Malcolm Warner
  4. Global Performance Management - Arup Varma and Pawan S. Budhwar
  5. Total Rewards in the International Context - Meredith Burnett and Mary Ann Von Glinnow

PART 4: Developments in IHRM Policy and Practice

  1. Women Leading and Managing Worldwide - Nancy Adler
  2. Global Work life Management in Multinational Corporations - Helen De Cieri and Anne Bardoel
  3. Regulation and Change in Global Employment Relations - Miguel Martinez Lucio and Robert MacKenzie
  4. Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Diversity of Human Resources - Fang Lee Cooke