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Title: Human resources development, transnational corporations and indigenous employees in a developing country : a case study of the beverage industry in Ghana
Author: Eyeson, Abena A.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3455 7438
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2003
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In developing countries, human resources development (HRD) is central to improving individual employment and life choices as well as the growth of national economies. Transnational corporations (TNCs), a powerful private sector group owing to their economic resources and knowledge, have the potential, through their HRD policies and practices, to make an important contribution to developing the human resources of a developing host country. They particularly have a potentially critical role to play in the HRD of their host country employees. Ghana is an African developing country where attracting transnationals is a current government priority. This thesis sought to identify a Ghanaian economic sector with an element of technological homogeneity and current TNC involvement to uncover the experiences of HRD that indigenous employees have had with three TNC employers. A number of research questions were asked relating to three research areas: training and development, career development and work norms. In the thesis, the HRD aspects of 3 established development theories are drawn out and utilised. The three development theories were used to give analytical depth to the fieldwork findings. Overall, the findings suggest that, with regard to the TNCs researched in Ghana, the experience of indigenous people working for these transnational operations did not lead to a significant potential for a considerable spread of HRD into the wider Ghanaian economy. This was because few indigenous employees left the transnationals as well as the indigenous TNC employees received limited HRD from their TNC employers. In addition, feelings of exploitation and pressure on valued norms were common amongst indigenous employees.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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