Special issue of the Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources
The Asia Pacific region has undergone significant transformation as a result of globalisation, technological change and increasing regional competition. The resulting short and longer term pressures will inevitably result in significant changes to most industry sectors with associated impacts on the number and nature of jobs, skill requirements, employment conditions, and labour market characteristics across the region. It is important that these challenges be recognised and addressed by government policy-makers, industry decision- makers, organizational leaders and researchers alike with a view to exploring appropriate future focused development strategies. These critical issues have been prevalent in the press and in government reports in recent years. However, to date, there has not been a specific focus on the role of human resource management in assisting the transitions associated with the various changes, challenges and competition currently occurring in the Asia Pacific region.