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e-HRM viewed from a management fashion perspective; an exploratory study based on the case study research

Roeleveld, B. (2017) e-HRM viewed from a management fashion perspective; an exploratory study based on the case study research.

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Abstract:This paper investigated e-HRM from a management fashion point of view. Researchers within other areas of HRM (and other management field) already investigated certain management techniques within their field by using management fashion theory. This is the first time e-HRM is systematically approached by this theory. 13 case studies on the adoption and implementation of e-HRM systems and applications within organizations were analyzed. The findings indicate e-HRM shows a lot of characteristics of a management fashion. e-HRM can be considered rational and progressive, and a lot of socio-psychological and techno-economic forces influencing the adoption of e-HRM were found. But, what was very difficult to analyze within the scope of this research, was the supply side of management fashions. This consists of management fashion setters disseminating e-HRM to the market. It is impossible to define all management fashion setters for e-HRM and to measure and analyze the dissemination process based on case studies. However, we could draw some conclusions regarding the management fashion setting process based on case studies. Governments can for example also play a role in the adoption and implementation process of e-HRM, especially for small- and medium sized firms, by encouraging firms to take part in conferences. Also, employees, line managers and particularly top management do play a role in ‘selling’ e-HRM in organizations. Top management can convince employees to use their e-HRM system, but the HRM department can also convince top management to adopt e-HRM systems or applications. Management fashion theory is a theory that makes you think, and makes organizations aware of the factors influencing their decision making.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 71 sociology, 83 economics, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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