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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Management

Title

Examining human resource management outsourcing in Hong Kong

Language

English

Abstract

This study explored the state of human resource (HR) outsourcing in the Asian context, a particularly important subject given its rapid proliferation in Europe and North America, the inconsistent and limited evidence from prior research, and its strategic importance to the human resource management (HRM) function. Drawing on both quantitative and qualitative data and the transaction cost, resource-based, and institutional perspectives, we found that although respondents were generally favourable towards outsourcing, that in practice its adoption and diffusion were in a nascent stage in Hong Kong. Decisions to outsource were, by and large, incremental and experimental and influenced by a range of contextual factors (e.g., availability of in-house expertise, skills and creativity, strategic priorities, legislation (coercive), availability of external service providers, and industry and peer (mimetic) influence). Despite considerable pressure to cut costs, instead of outsourcing in the first instance, firms placed greater emphasis on maximising internal resource utilization (insourcing). Implications for practice and suggestions for future research are also provided. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.

Keywords

Hong kong, Human resource outsourcing, Institutional theory, Resource based perspective, Transaction cost economics

Publication Date

2010

Source Publication Title

International Journal of Human Resource Management

Volume

21

Issue

15

Start Page

2762

End Page

2777

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

ISSN (print)

09585192

ISSN (electronic)

14664399

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