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Human Resource Management Challenges in a Developing Economy

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HRM practice; Human resources management; Public service reform; Social capital; Western HRM practice



The action or process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts.

Public Sector:

Government and all publicly controlled or funded entities that deliver programs, goods, and services.

Public Service:

A service intended to serve all members of a community. It is usually provided by the government to people within its jurisdiction, either directly (through the public sector) or by financing provision of services.


Native or indigenous Fijian.


Are Fijian citizens of fully or partially south Asian descent, including descendants who trace their heritage from various regions of the Indian subcontinent.


The key HRM challenges facing developing economies today vary in accordance with its respective doctrines for survival and good governance, taking into account its political and...

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Vosikata, S. (2021). Human Resource Management Challenges in a Developing Economy. In: Farazmand, A. (eds) Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Springer, Cham.

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