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1INTRODUCTION2 2ENVIRONMENT3 History3 Political and economical context4 Educational system5 Cultural aspects6 Business environment7 3EASTERN EUROPEAN HR PRACTICES9 Recruitment9 Compensation9 4EU ENLARGEMENT11 5AN EASTERN EUROPEAN HRM MODEL13 6CONCLUSIONS15 Ideas for future research16 7BIBLIOGRAPHY17 1 Introduction Many Western firms are rapidly investing in or forming joint ventures with firms in Eastern European countries Despite the growth in Direct Foreign Investment DFI in Eastern Europe Western managers know relatively little about the Human Resource Management HRM practices of these countries In this paper HRM practices are discussed in Eastern European states such as Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Estonia Hungary Latvia Lithuania Poland Romania and Russia Although there are both historical and cultural differences between these countries these countries will be dealt with together as they all have numerous elements in common that enable managers or researchers to see them as a whole The purpose of this paper is to analyze if an Eastern European HRM model can be constructed on the basis of an analysis of Eastern Europe on several areas First the environment is analyzed in which several aspects are covered such as political context and history The emphasis lies on culture and possible implications for business and HRM specifically Secondly specific Eastern European HR practices are dealt with in chapter three Here too several topics are analyzed In the fourth chapter the implications of EU enlargement are considered in relation to Eastern Europe As many of these countries are potential candidates for a membership of the EU the necessary changes and implications are investigated Based on all the forgoing an attempt is made to establish an Eastern European HRM model in the fifth chapter Finally in chapter six conclusions are given followed by directions for future research 2 Environment The analysis of the environmental aspects of Eastern Europe include the following aspects History Political and economical context Educational system Cultural aspects
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