Intended versus actual HR systems : Causes of the gap between intended and actual HR philosophy, HR policies and HR practices

Damhuis, S.Y. (2014) Intended versus actual HR systems : Causes of the gap between intended and actual HR philosophy, HR policies and HR practices.

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Abstract:HR systems could be divided in intended and actual HR systems, which are respectively the HR philosophy, policies and practices as designed by top management and the HR philosophy, policies and practices that are really implemented in the department by line managers. Evidence shows that the actual HR practices are not always in line with the intended HR practices. The objective of this study is to explore the causes of the gap between intended and actual HR philosophy, policies and practices. Also the influence of modalities on this gap is determined. This case study is performed at Ziekenhuisgroep Twente using fifteen semi-structured interviews with a random sample. The results of this study do show a gap between intended and actual recruitment policies, because actual recruitment policies and norms transcend the norm of the intended recruitment policy and no sanctions are following. To conclude, there is only a gap between the intended and actual recruitment policies and practices. The results of this study show that both the modality facilities as the modality norms are influencing the gap. Though, there is no gap between intended and actual HR philosophy and the other groups of intended and actual HR policies and practices.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/66498
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