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Impact of the Pursuit of an Equal Gender Balance on High Performance Work Systems

Schauf, Anne (2015) Impact of the Pursuit of an Equal Gender Balance on High Performance Work Systems.

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Abstract:Introduction: In the course of female underrepresentation and male dominance in the current organizational environment female talent stays underutilized. Therefore, equal gender balance issues experience growing attention and the achievement of an organizational equal gender balance is on the agenda of many organizations. Objective: The primary objective of this study is to provide an idea on how the future of HPWSs looks like related to the achievement of an equal gender balance. Method: A literature review and HR expert interviews were used to get into the topic. The literature review provided a theoretical view on the topic whereas the structured interviews added a practical view. The HR expert interviews were answered via email by six interviewees mainly working in the academic field. Results: Combining theory and practice similar ideas evolved of how a HPWS should be designed to support gender equality. Literature as well as the HR experts give concrete suggestions on the design of HR practices comprising a HPWS. Conclusion: There are two main categories of equal gender balance issues that need to be overcome by the organization to enable the achievement of gender quality. To actively work on an equal gender balance the organization needs to implement HR practices with the common goal of gender equality in the workforce. HR practices aiming at the same goal build a coherent system, a HPWS, that extensively contributes to the achievement of an equally gender mixed workforce in the organization’s future.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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