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Relationship between co-implementation by employees and the gap between actual and perceived human resource practices: a study based on the AMO theory.

Nijkamp, Loes (2014) Relationship between co-implementation by employees and the gap between actual and perceived human resource practices: a study based on the AMO theory.

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Abstract:There has been a lot of research into the perceptions of human resource management (HRM) by employees and whether these are affected by actual HRM practices. Many studies looked at management actions and found that these are a cause of a common gap between actual and perceived human resource (HR) practices. Employee actions and behaviors are not widely studied before. So this behavior of employees is studied here, by introducing a new concept, namely co-implementation. Co-implementation increases the extent of active employee involvement in HRM implementation, where employees support the managers and when they collaborate to implement HR practices. The primary objective of this study was to investigate co-implementation by employees and whether this has an influence on the gap between actual and perceived HR practices, and to find out if employees have the ability, motivation and opportunity to co-implement and hence minimize the gap. The ability-motivation-opportunity (AMO) theory was the central model of this paper. The propositions I made, were tested by conducting interviews at Thales in the Netherlands. A total of twenty interviews with employees and eight interviews with their managers were conducted. The findings of this study demonstrate that co-implementation can lead to a smaller gap between actual and perceived HR practices. This may contribute to more theoretical insight about the relationship between HRM and firm performance. Furthermore, ability, motivation and opportunity are all three necessary and together are sufficient for co-implementation.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/65273
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