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Economic development strategies and macro- and micro-level human resource policies: the case of India's "outsourcing" industry

Kuruvilla, Sarosh and Ranganathan, Aruna (2008) Economic development strategies and macro- and micro-level human resource policies: the case of India's "outsourcing" industry. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 62 (1). pp. 39-72. ISSN 0019-7939

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This detailed case study of India’s "outsourcing" industry illustrates the challenges in linking macro and micro human resource policies with an economic development strategy based on export-oriented services. The rapid expansion in the outsourcing of services to India has raised the possibility that this sector will be a key engine of India’s economic growth. Based on extensive field research carried out over a four-year period, the authors of this study argue that four interrelated human resource policy challenges threaten the outsourcing industry’s growth: two "macro" problems (cur¬rent skill shortages and the inability of the country to produce higher levels of skills for the long-term growth and sustainability of the industry), and two micro problems (very high levels of employee turnover and rapidly increasing employee costs). The authors evaluate current policy responses and suggest options.

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Additional Information: © 2008 School of Industrial and Labor Relations Cornell University
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting > M5 - Personnel Economics > M55 - Labor Contracting Devices: Outsourcing; Franchising; Other
Sets: Departments > Management
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2012 09:03

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