The strategy in the use of contingent workers in Hong Kong : case studies in retail firms

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Abstract

The research studies the strategy in the use of contingent employment in four retail firms - three Japanese and one British - in Hong Kong under different economic conditions, and the purposes of the use of contingent employment. From the data of in-depth qualitative case studies, it is found that the four case firms had different organisational responses to the economic conditions from the increase of sales before the Asian financial crisis and the shrinkage of sales after the crisis, notwithstanding these firms face similar contextual environment of Hong Kong. One of such responses is the companies ' employment policies especially in their use of contingent workers. Some companies tend to have an ad hoc opportunistic response in the use of contingent workers, whilst some tend to be more strategic and had a long-term planning in their labour utilization strategy. Implications are drawn to relate the company’s responses in the use of contingent employment to the changes in the contextual environment regarding the company's long-term development.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherHong Kong Institute of Business Studies
Number of pages58
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2001

Publication series

NameHong Kong Institute of Business Studies Working Paper Series
PublisherLingnan University
No.043-001

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Retail
Hong Kong
Contingent workers
Contingent employment
Economic conditions
Asian financial crisis
Ad hoc
Employment policy
Long-term planning
Shrinkage
Labour utilization

Bibliographical note

The paper is later published in Human Resource Management Journal, Vol. 11, No. 4, 2001.

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WONG, M. M. L. (2001). The strategy in the use of contingent workers in Hong Kong : case studies in retail firms. (Hong Kong Institute of Business Studies Working Paper Series; No. 043-001). Hong Kong: Hong Kong Institute of Business Studies.
WONG, May M. L. / The strategy in the use of contingent workers in Hong Kong : case studies in retail firms. Hong Kong : Hong Kong Institute of Business Studies, 2001. (Hong Kong Institute of Business Studies Working Paper Series; 043-001).
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Hong Kong : Hong Kong Institute of Business Studies, 2001. (Hong Kong Institute of Business Studies Working Paper Series; No. 043-001).

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