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Human resource management as key pillar of company strategy: Analysis of the line managers’ perception


  • Navío-Marco, Julio
  • Solórzano-García, Marta
  • Palencia-González, Francisco J.


The increasingly frequent involvement of companies’ line managers in human resource (HR) activities leads us to investigate the strategic value that these managers grant HR. This research focusses on the line managers’ perception of the strategic importance of HR, versus the perception of HR managers themselves, as a relevant factor in line managers’ own involvement within the execution of HR-related tasks. If line managers do not perceive the relevance and strategic importance of HR and its key role in the company’s strategy and performance, it is difficult to guarantee the managers’ commitment and effectiveness in HR management implementation. Based on interviews with HR development and line managers in 100 Spanish firms, we verified discrepancies in HR versus line managers’ perceptions, confirming that the assessment given by the line managers is slightly lower and, in turn, providing us with references to draw useful conclusions for a successful implementation of HR practices.

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  • Navío-Marco, Julio & Solórzano-García, Marta & Palencia-González, Francisco J., 2019. "Human resource management as key pillar of company strategy: Analysis of the line managers’ perception," Journal of Management & Organization, Cambridge University Press, vol. 25(2), pages 175-188, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jomorg:v:25:y:2019:i:02:p:175-188_00

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