Context-specific understandings of uncertainty: a focus on people management practices in Mongolia

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Manalsuren, S., Michalski, M. and Śliwa, M. (2020). Context-specific understandings of uncertainty: a focus on people management practices in Mongolia. International Journal of Human Resource Management. 31 (16), pp. 1-27. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2020.1819856
AuthorsManalsuren, S., Michalski, M. and Śliwa, M.
Abstract

This paper addresses the link between local understandings of uncertainty and people management practices in the under-researched and uncertain context of Mongolia. It draws on a qualitative, interpretive study of 34 top and middle managers with people management responsibilities in Mongolian organisations. We put forward the concept of a ‘mindset about uncertainty’ for examining Mongolian practitioners’ understandings of and responses to the uncertainty inherent in the country’s institutional environment. We identify four elements of the Mongolian mindset about uncertainty: (1) belief that impermanence is natural; (2) consideration of uncertainty as normal; (3) framing of uncertainty as positive; and (4) emphasis on flexibility in adapting to changing circumstances. We discuss this approach to dealing with uncertainty as a potentially valuable source of learning for Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) and International Human Resource Development (IHRD) practitioners in unstable environments.

KeywordsIHRD; Mongolia; Mindset; Uncertainty; Institutional contexts; Interpretive perspective
Year2020
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Journal citation31 (16), pp. 1-27
PublisherRoutledge (Taylor & Francis Group)
ISSN0958-5192
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2020.1819856
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Online22 Sep 2020
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Accepted03 Sep 2020
Deposited19 Feb 2021
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the International Journal of Human Resource Management on 22 September 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09585192.2020.1819856

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