Management International Review

, Volume 54, Issue 4, pp 473–496 | Cite as

Externalizing, Internalizing and Fostering Commitment: The Case of Born-Global Firms in Emerging Economies

  • Alison J. GlaisterEmail author
  • Yipeng Liu
  • Sunil Sahadev
  • Emanuel Gomes
Research Article


This paper examines the HR practices of mature born-global firms from 29 emerging economies. Through an examination of large scale survey data the paper questions the extent to which firm size impacts the employment of temporary workers, the employment of skilled workers and the extent of employee training. Findings suggest that as firm size increases the use of temporary workers decreases, the number of skilled workers increases and the number of employees receiving training also increases. The paper highlights how born-global firms are able to shift away from externalized, market-based approaches towards more internalized, commitment-based approaches in order to survive, adapt and grow.


Mature-born Global firms Skilled labour Temporary workers Training levels Emerging economies Human resource management Networks 



The authors would like to thank Keith Glaister for his helpful comments on an earlier draft.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alison J. Glaister
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yipeng Liu
    • 2
  • Sunil Sahadev
    • 3
  • Emanuel Gomes
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Aston Business SchoolAston UniversityBirminghamUK
  2. 2.Kent Business School University of KentCanterburyUK
  3. 3.Salford Business SchoolUniversity of SalfordSalfordUK
  4. 4.Birmingham Business School, Birmingham UniversityBirminghamUK
  5. 5.Nova School of Business and EconomicsUniversidade Nova de LisboaLisbonPortugal

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