Understanding HRM-firm performance linkages: The role of the "strength" of the HRM system

David E. Bowen, Cheri Ostroff

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Abstract

Theory building has lagged on the intermediate linkages responsible for the relationship between HRM and firm performance. We introduce the construct "strength of the HRM system" and describe the metafeatures of an HRM system that result in a strong organizational climate, analogous to Mischel's "strong situation," in which individuals share a common interpretation of what behaviors are expected and rewarded. The strength of the HRM system can help explain how individual employee attributes accumulate to affect organizational effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-221
Number of pages19
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Volume29
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Employees
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Organizational effectiveness

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  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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Understanding HRM-firm performance linkages : The role of the "strength" of the HRM system. / Bowen, David E.; Ostroff, Cheri.

In: Academy of Management Review, Vol. 29, No. 2, 04.2004, p. 203-221.

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Bowen, David E. ; Ostroff, Cheri. / Understanding HRM-firm performance linkages : The role of the "strength" of the HRM system. In: Academy of Management Review. 2004 ; Vol. 29, No. 2. pp. 203-221.
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