This chapter investigates the degree of influence and the extent of discretion of local management within the overall corporate framework of MNCs. Some questions that will be addressed in this chapter include the following: are managers in foreign-owned MNCs simply executors of HR and ER strategies conceived and created at higher levels? Or do they play a more strategic role, with autonomy to adjust HR and ER strategies and policies to the local context, and to change and develop the mandates for their firms beyond those initially envisaged at corporate level? The chapter also uniquely focuses on Irish-owned MNCs that have established international operations and the autonomy afforded to these foreign subsidiaries by the Irish headquarters.
Human Resource Practices in Multinational Companies in Ireland: A Contemporary Analysis p. 165-185