A Comprehensive Study Of Flexibility Essay

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It is often asserted that the contemporary process of globalization has engendered flexibility. In order for production to be responsive to changes in global demand, the workforce must be flexible. On the other hand, some argue that flexibility is not new and has long been a part of the structure of the labour market (Hakim, as cited in Pollert, 1988). Perhaps flexibility is just seen as more relevant because it is promoted by the contemporary neo-liberal agenda. Whatever the case may be there is a feeling that flexibility is an increasingly relevant characteristic of the labour market. Whether or not there is evidence to support this in empirical terms, the sentiment of change in the labour market must be addressed.

The notion of flexibility has many dimensions, and defining it is problematic. Though this essay does not claim to be a comprehensive study of flexibility, it will include all types of flexibility, namely functional, numerical, financial and temporal in their internal as well as external dimensions. There has been extensive debate surrounding labour flexibility and its implications on the international management of human resources. The problem is: how does flexibility affect the international management of human resources? What are the implications for all actors involved?

This essay will first assess whether there has been a shift in IHRM practices as a result of flexibility. The international management of human resources may have been transformed in…

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