主题：Bringing context back to human resource management research
主讲人：Fang Lee Cooke，澳大利亚莫纳什大学商学院副院长，人力资源管理和亚洲研究杰出教授
Why is context important in human resource management (HRM) research? What and how contextual factors may be studied when investigating an organisational phenomenon? Against a positivist trend of de-contextualisation in HRM research, this paper addresses these questions by situating them in an international context. It argues that context is important in making sense of what is happening at workplaces in order to provide relevant solutions. It also outlines three layers of context and draws on an empirical story to illustrate how the utilisation and conceptualisation of context may be underpinned by the researcher’s intellectual and social upbringing and theoretical orientation. The paper calls for more qualitative studies to redress the imbalance in HRM research. It also calls for a more open-minded, inductive and inclusive approach to indigenous research that may present very different contexts, ways of contextualising, and knowledge paradigms from the dominant discourses prevailing in HRM research.
Fang Lee Cooke (PhD, University of Manchester, UK) is Associate Dean (Graduate Research) and Distinguished Professor of Human Resource Management (HRM) and Asia Studies at Monash Business School, Monash University, Australia. She is also a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Previously, she was a full professor (since 2005) at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK. Her research interests are in the area of employment relations, gender studies, diversity management, strategic HRM, knowledge management and innovation, outsourcing, Chinese outward FDI and HRM, employment of Chinese migrants, and HRM in the care sector. Fang is the author of HRM, Work and Employment in China (Routledge, 2005), Competition, Strategy and Management in China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), and Human Resource Management in China: New Trends and Practices (Routledge, 2012). Fang has also published over 100 journal articles and 60 plus book chapters. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Human Resource management; Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources and Associate editor of Human Resource Management; International Business Review; Gender, Work, and Organization; and Asian Business and Management; Senior Editor of Asia Pacific Journal of Management; and Regional Editor of Gender in Management: An International Journal. Fang’s recent research projects include: Chinese firms in Africa and their employment/HRM practices and labour relations; employee resilience, HRM practices and engagement in the finance sector in the Asian region; the evolution of industrial relations and implications for foreign firms in South Asia; organizational practices and management models in the care sector; HRM in the care sector, including healthcare, aged care and disability care; and digitalization and implications for skill, employment and HRM. Fang is the recipient of the Dean’s Award for PRME Research Excellence (2018) and the Dean’s Award for Research Excellence (2011), Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, Australia. She was also a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Scheme) Visiting Professor, Georg-August-Universität Goettingen, Germany (2016).
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