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Revisiting system theories in Strategic Human Resource Management - A set-theoretic analysis of high performing firms in the UK


Meuer, Johannes; van der Ent, Henric (2012). Revisiting system theories in Strategic Human Resource Management - A set-theoretic analysis of high performing firms in the UK. Economics of Education Working Paper Series 076, University of Zurich.

Abstract

Prior research has produced ambiguous support for theories on the nature and construction of Human Resource Management (HRM) systems. This ambiguity may be a function of the inherent limitations of the methodologies used in previous studies. We resume efforts by using a configurational methodology to analyze high performing HRM systems of 374 UK based firms. We reveal the multi-dimensional nature of successful and unsuccessful HRM systems. By providing a typology for comparing the interdependencies among vital and peripheral functions, we are able to describe and explain competitive advantages that rest in the orchestrating themes and integrative mechanisms of HRM systems.

Prior research has produced ambiguous support for theories on the nature and construction of Human Resource Management (HRM) systems. This ambiguity may be a function of the inherent limitations of the methodologies used in previous studies. We resume efforts by using a configurational methodology to analyze high performing HRM systems of 374 UK based firms. We reveal the multi-dimensional nature of successful and unsuccessful HRM systems. By providing a typology for comparing the interdependencies among vital and peripheral functions, we are able to describe and explain competitive advantages that rest in the orchestrating themes and integrative mechanisms of HRM systems.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:O15, L22
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:07 Dec 2012 10:08
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:06
Series Name:Economics of Education Working Paper Series
Official URL:http://www.isu.uzh.ch/leadinghouse/WorkingPapers/0076_lhwpaper.pdf
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:7575
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-67195

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