Skill webs and international human resource management: lessons from a study of the global skill strategies of transnational companies

D Ashton, P Brown, Hugh Lauder

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This paper examines the development of global skill webs in transnational companies (TNCs). Based on research in seven countries, it argues that skill webs are becoming more strategic in character as companies seek competitive advantage by relocating high-skilled work to low-cost locations. The paper explores the implications of these findings for both the 'conventional' approach to international human resource management and that influenced by the 'varieties of capitalism' School.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)836-850
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - May 2010



  • varieties of capitalism
  • skill webs
  • knowledge management
  • skill formation
  • transnational companies
  • globalisation
  • digital Taylorism

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