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Human Resources and Business Performance: Findings, Unanswered Questions, and an Alternative Approach

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  • Barry Gerhart

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    (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

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    In 1996, Becker and Gerhart noted that much of the work on human resources (HR) and performance had traditionally been conducted at the individual level of analysis. However, in the 1990s, empirical research on HR and performance increasingly moved to the plant/unit and firm level of analysis with a new emphasis on understanding how HR practices influence business performance at these higher levels. In the present article, I describe the empirical findings of this evolving literature, unanswered questions, and an approach to the issue that differs from what has come to be the typical approach over the past 10 years or so.

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    Article provided by Rainer Hampp Verlag in its journal Management Revue - The international Review of Management Studies.

    Volume (Year): 16 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 174-185

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    Handle: RePEc:rai:mamere:1861-9908_mrev_2005_02_gerhart

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    Keywords: Human Resources; Performance; Employee Relations; Employee Attitudes; Methodology;

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    1. A.K.M. Mominul Haque Talukder, 2013. "Human Resource Consultancy and Organizational Growth: Exploring the Relationship," KASBIT Journal of Management & Social Science, Khadim Ali Shah Bukhari Institute of Technology (KASBIT), Khadim Ali Shah Bukhari Institute of Technology (KASBIT), vol. 6, pages 65-73, December.
    2. Cristina Simon & Raquel Martin, 2008. "An implementation-based approach to SHRM: the concept of hr practice intensity and its relationship," Working Papers Economia, Instituto de Empresa, Area of Economic Environment wp08-19, Instituto de Empresa, Area of Economic Environment.
    3. Minbaeva, Dana B., 2008. "HRM practices affecting extrinsic and intrinsic motivation of knowledge receivers and their effect on intra-MNC knowledge transfer," International Business Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 17(6), pages 703-713, December.

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