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Focusing on employees' perception of HRM; shed some light into the black box...: HRM satisfaction and distinctiveness considered

Riet, S. van 't (2011) Focusing on employees' perception of HRM; shed some light into the black box...: HRM satisfaction and distinctiveness considered.

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Abstract:This study examines what factors affect employee attributions to HR practices in relationship with HR satisfaction and organizational outcomes. As a result this study gives a better insight in how employees individually perceive HR practices and what kind of attitude or behaviour they will display when these practices are made distinctive. HR distinctiveness is in this study important because it reduces the ambiguity of the situation. HR distinctiveness is measured as a process variable. Organizational outcomes as affective commitment and innovative behaviour are the content variables which are being measured. Refreshing are content (affective commitment and innovative behaviour) and process (HR distinctiveness) variables combined in one model. The research question is: Can affective commitment and innovative behaviour be explained by satisfaction with HR practices and the distinctiveness of human resource management? The role of uncertainty avoidance is examined on an explorative base because attributions can, next to situational factors, also be made due personal factors. The data used in this study is collected through questionnaires. 639 employees from different organizations are being questioned. The largest part are employees from the Netherlands. A significant small part from Germany. Using this convenient sample the results show that satisfaction with HR practices is related to both affective commitment and innovative behaviour. Moreover, HR distinctiveness is found to moderate the relationships between HR satisfaction with both affective commitment and innovative behaviour. So it is clear that employees can attribute to HRM policy if this represents distinctive situation. On the other hand can employees also make attributions due to personal factors, such as uncertainty avoidance, which can positively influence de relationship between HR satisfaction and innovative behaviour.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/61052
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