Employment strategy : comparing Japanese and British retail companies in Hong Kong

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Abstract

This study examines and compares the employment strategy used by Japanese and British retail companies in Hong Kong. Hendry's (1995) structured employment systems model is adopted as the theoretical framework for this research. Three case companies - Morioka and Okadaya (Japanese-owned) and Supercom (British-owned) - are studied regarding what employment strategies they have adopted to expand in the Hong Kong, and to adjust to the changing consumer market. The evidence shows that the Japanese companies adopt more structured employment systems employing more employee groups than the British company. Both Japanese companies vary employment practices to different employee groups on the basis of national origins, hierarchy, employment status and gender. Furthermore, skills/profession is also used in Okadaya to differentiate employment practices. Supercom mainly varies employment practices on hierarchy and employment status. Therefore, five to six groups of employees are identified in the Japanese companies, while two to three employee groups are identified in Supercom.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherHong Kong Institute of Business Studies
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2000

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NameHong Kong Institute of Business Studies Working Paper Series
PublisherLingnan University
No.039-990

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Hong Kong
Employees
Employment strategy
Retail
Employment practices
Employment status
Employment systems
Consumer markets
System model
Theoretical framework

Bibliographical note

This paper has been presented at the refereed track of British Academy of Management, Annual conference Manchester 1-3 September, 1999, and accepted for publication in Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources. The paper is later published in Personnel Review, vol. 28, no. 5/6, 1999.

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WONG, M. M. L. (2000). Employment strategy : comparing Japanese and British retail companies in Hong Kong. (Hong Kong Institute of Business Studies Working Paper Series; No. 039-990). Hong Kong: Hong Kong Institute of Business Studies.
WONG, May M. L. / Employment strategy : comparing Japanese and British retail companies in Hong Kong. Hong Kong : Hong Kong Institute of Business Studies, 2000. (Hong Kong Institute of Business Studies Working Paper Series; 039-990).
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