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Culture and values Employment sub-systems Introduction key questions Previous research — problems HR— causal chain model Practices: Intended and experienced HR practices Professional knowledge workers Implications for theory and practice Financial services Outcomes: Employee attitudes and behaviour Figure 0.
As we explained there are four sections to the book previous research and model building, model exposition, model application and implications and conclusions.
This chapter examines the previous research and puts forward the model which will form the backbone to the book. It has four specific aims: We begin the chapter therefore with an overview of previous research in the field.
Previous research into the links between strategic HRM and business performance There has always been an intuitive feeling that the way employees are managed affects the performance of the organisation.
This is an unstated assumption behind 1 Introduction 2 Evaluation of previous research 3 Human resource advantage 4 Model development Figure 1. However, much of this early work lacked a strategic focus Legge ; Golding In the early to mids there were studies, mostly in the US, which looked in a more focused way at the possible links between HR and performance.
The texts by Beer et al. However, these studies were not based on empirical research and as Truss Since then we can identify two types of literature that have emerged in the field of HR and performance: This work can itself be traced back to Peters and Waterman These books tend to use case studies to illustrate their main thesis of the positive impact of HR practices on business performance.
Their impact on the practitioner community has been widespread through their adoption by professional associations such as the CIPD, consulting and conference activities and their use on undergraduate, MBA and executive programmes.
This work is not without its critics such as Legge who drew attention to the gap between company rhetoric and reality and Paauwe who advocated a more critical approach especially in the measures of performance used and the attention given to institutional contexts.
Huselid sought to consider the impact of High-Performance Work Systems on various measures of performance principally financial performance but also including other measures such as employee retention and turnover drawing on a survey of US firms.
Research in the UK Patterson et al. Using a sample of 67 UK manufacturing businesses studied over time they found that 18 per cent of the variation in productivity and 19 per cent of profitability could be attributed to people management practices.
These were a better predictor of company performance than strategy, technology and research and development. Since then there have been several hundred studies looking at the links between HR and performance and many of these have focused on the links between HR practices and performance — which are studied in detail in Chapter 3.
People management and organisational performance 3 report that there were articles in the area in refereed journals between and Despite this extensive effort the goal of establishing a clear link between HR practices and performance still seems some way off.
As Purcell and Kinnie Moreover, there has been an intense debate surrounding the very nature, purpose and outputs of the research Keenoy ; Legge ; Hesketh and Fleetwood Much of the research in the field has been criticised for its excessive emphasis on the quantitative analysis of data collected by the survey method and for its neglect of theory development.
For example, Guest More precisely, Wood We will now consider these criticisms in more detail before putting forward our proposed framework for analysis. This is designed to answer the call from Guest Report from February's Exeter Business Network Event "We can't help everyone, but everyone can someone" - so said Ronald Reagan (relayed by me!) - born on 6/2/ and there was a great deal of people all helping others building mutually beneficial relationships.
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