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Implementing Human Resource Management Successfully: A First-Line Management Challenge

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  • Anna C. Nehles

    () (University of Twente, School of Business, Public Management and Technology, Department of Operations, Organization and Human Resources)

  • Maarten van Riemsdijk

    (University of Twente, School of Business, Public Management and Technology, Department of Operations, Organization and Human Resources)

  • Irene Kok

    (University of Twente, School of Business, Public Management and Technology, Department of Operations, Organization and Human Resources)

  • Jan Kees Looise

    (University of Twente, School of Business, Public Management and Technology, Department of Operations, Organization and Human Resources)

Abstract

In this paper we will address the success of Human Resource Management (HRM) implementation, concentrating not on the HR function but on first-line managers. First-line managers find implementing HR practices at the operational level difficult and show reluctance with their HR responsibilities. However, they have become increasingly responsible for the implementation of HRM and thus, their performance is critical for HRM effectiveness. Previous research pointed to five factors that could lead to HRM implementation difficulties. Four case studies in four different multinational business units are presented here to investigate the salience of these factors. Results show that first-line managers perceive four of the five factors hindering, but that the challenges faced vary per business unit.

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  • Anna C. Nehles & Maarten van Riemsdijk & Irene Kok & Jan Kees Looise, 2006. "Implementing Human Resource Management Successfully: A First-Line Management Challenge," management revue. Socio-economic Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 17(3), pages 256-273.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:mamere:1861-9908_mrev_2006_03_nehles
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    1. Decramer, Adelien & Audenaert, Mieke & Van Waeyenberg, Thomas & Claeys, Tine & Claes, Claudia & Vandevelde, Stijn & van Loon, Jos & Crucke, Saskia, 2015. "Does performance management affect nurses’ well-being?," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 49(C), pages 98-105.

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    Keywords

    HRM Implementation; First-line Managers; HRM Effectiveness; Strategic HRM; Operational HRM;

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General

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