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REIS, Germano Glufke; BORINI, Felipe Mendes  and  FLEURY, Maria Tereza Leme. Drivers of human resource management competences development in Brazilian multinational subsidiaries: a multilevel research. Rev. Adm. (São Paulo) [online]. 2014, vol.49, n.3, pp.519-533. ISSN 0080-2107.

This article aims to verify the factors associated with the development of human resource management (HRM) competences in foreign subsidiaries of Brazilian multinationals. These competences are essential in that they allow foreign units to adopt HRM practices that are consistent with the countries or markets in which they operate. A multilevel research was conducted, involving headquarters and subsidiaries of major Brazilian companies; the empirical analysis employed hierarchical linear modelling. Despite the recurrent debate on global standardisation versus local adaptation, it was identified that the integration of international HRM policies (addressing simultaneously global guidelines and local response) may stimulate competences development. In addition, interaction in external networks in the host country may enhance the development of HRM competences in the subsidiaries. However, specific cultural factors of the company may inhibit development activity in units abroad.

Keywords : human resources management competences; culture; external networks; emerging multinationals; subsidiaries; multilevel research.

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