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

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  • Johannes Meuer

    () (Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich and Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University)

  • Henric van der Ent

    (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University)

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.

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  • Johannes Meuer & Henric van der Ent, 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 0076, University of Zurich, Department of Business Administration (IBW).
  • Handle: RePEc:iso:educat:0076
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    Keywords

    Strategic HRM; Organizational configurations; fsQCA;

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    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure

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