Although research has been conducted on the adaptation of multinational corporations’ (MNC) Human Resources policies and practices from their international headquarters to their local subsidiaries, few studies have been conducted on African subsidiaries. Little is therefore known about how HR practices are adapted to the specific operating environment in South Africa, however research suggests that adaptation takes place on the local subsidiary side due to specific interconnected local factors. This study examined the adaptation process, the factors affecting it, and the required competencies in order to gain insight into what influences the process and how this affects the final hybrid policy.
In this qualitative study, semi-structured interviews were conducted virtually with 12 senior HR and talent managers from the local subsidiaries of 12 well-established MNCS. Their perspectives regarding the adaptation of HR practices, with a special focus on recruitment and selection, were explored. Their responses were content analysed through an adaptation lens.
Mini Dissertation (MBA)--University of Pretoria, 2020.