Global firms often struggle to replicate practices among their culturally and geographically dispersed subsidiaries. Part of the reason for this is that certain practices, including human resource management (HRM) practices, are complex and context specific. In this study, we develop a framework to help identify how firms might overcome challenges of practice replication through alignment of information systems, application processes, and people. We find that managerial alignment of formal processes and systems, along with informal alignment of people (shared objectives), improve the capability of a multinational corporation (MNC) to replicate human resource practices across subsidiaries. We also discuss managerial implications.

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Keywords alignmet, cultural distance, international human resource management, knowledge management, principles and templates, replication
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Series ERIM Top-Core Articles
Journal Human Resource Management
Morris, S.S, Farndale, E, & Paauwe, J. (2009). Global challenges to replicating HR: The role of people, processes, and systems. Human Resource Management, 48(6), 973–995. Retrieved from