Managing Human Resources in Multinational Companies in Ireland: Autonomy, Coordination and Control

16 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2008 Last revised: 11 Jan 2010

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Patrick Gunnigle

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School

Jonathan Lavelle

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School

Anthony McDonnell

University of South Australia; Queen's University Management School

Michael Morley

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School

Date Written: November 1, 2007

Abstract

This report addresses patterns of influence and control in multinational companies (MNCs) in Ireland, with particular emphasis on policy and practice in the areas of human resource management (HRM) and employment relations (ER). It seeks to establish the degree of influence and the extent of discretion of the Irish operations within the overall corporate framework of multinational corporations (MNCs). It also, uniquely, focuses on Irish-owned MNCs that have established international operations and the autonomy afforded to these foreign subsidiaries by the Irish headquarters. The data are drawn from the most representative survey of HR in MNCs in Ireland. The findings indicate that, overall, managers of foreign MNCs in Ireland have quite high levels of discretion across core HR domain activity HR areas. However, this discretion varies according to the particular aspect of employment practice examined. A similar picture was reported from Irish-owned MNCs. We also present detailed findings on the level of monitoring of HR activity by senior international level management and on the use of expatriate assignments.

Keywords: multinational companies, Ireland, control, autonomy, human resource management, expatriate human capital

Suggested Citation

Gunnigle, Patrick and Lavelle, Jonathan and McDonnell, Anthony and Morley, Michael J., Managing Human Resources in Multinational Companies in Ireland: Autonomy, Coordination and Control (November 1, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1088373 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1088373

Patrick Gunnigle (Contact Author)

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School ( email )

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Jonathan Lavelle

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School ( email )

Limerick
Ireland

Anthony McDonnell

University of South Australia ( email )

Australia

Queen's University Management School ( email )

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Michael J. Morley

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School ( email )

Limerick
Ireland
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