Much research in recent years has examined the challenges of HRM management in foreign affiliates and within transition economies from many viewpoints. Most of this body of research has dealt with HRM practices in general at an aggregate level. Our study aims at contributing to filling existing gaps by examining in depth a specific practice, i.e. the accounting staff of the Danish affiliations in Estonia. Research on accounting staff is almost non-existing. This paper gives the project description and the research design as well as the results of a pilot interview in a big Danish-owned Estonian company. The result of the pilot test interview may seem a bit surprising at first glance because they did not have the problems expected by the researchers. A tentative explanation may be the situational factors in Estonia. However, a closer scrutiny of the answers showed some interesting and surprising aspects, e.g. the different roles and skills expectations to accountants and controllers. These aspects will be considered when interviewing the bulk of Danish-owned Estonian companies to have their answers to the problems. The interviews will be conducted during spring 2009.
Conference on Business Analysis, Accounting, Taxes and Auditing: Proceedings of the Conference, 2008
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<strong>International Conference on Business Analysis, Accounting, Taxes and Auditing, November 6-7, 2008, Tallinn</strong>
Tallinn University of Technology, Department of Accounting