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Prevalence of consensus research in literature concerning employee perceptions of HRM

Halle, Y. ter (2013) Prevalence of consensus research in literature concerning employee perceptions of HRM.

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Abstract:Nowadays, employees’ perception of HRM is an often studied subject among scholars. Moreover, it is suggested that examining employees’ perception of HRM can increase understanding of employees’ behaviour in the organization. Both a non-critical orientation (consensus) and a critical orientation (dissensus) are used by scholars aiming to gain insight in the differences in HRM perceptions (Deetz, 1996). While consensus oriented articles are expected to produce results that build on existing research, it is believed that dissensus oriented papers produce new insights and alternative perspectives (Janssens & Steyaert, 2009). Although some research has been done on the ratio between consensus and dissensus papers, dissensus research might have increased after the rise of the research stream concerning employees’ perception of HRM in 2008 (Nishii, Lepak, & Schneider, 2008). It is believed that academic research contributes to the education of people working and/or interested in the HRM field because research is being taught at educational institutions and research is likely to be translated into policies and practices (Keegan & Boselie, 2006) . For this reason, it is valuable to gain more insight in which orientation is prevailing as the two approaches to research (consensus and dissensus) produce different results. The purpose of this study is to discover how contemporary HRM knowledge is constructed by examining the ratio between consensus and dissensus literature concerning employees’ perception of HRM. A framework developed by Deetz (1996) is used as a tool to analyze 85 articles in 14 journals from 2008 onwards. The results indicate a prevalence of consensus oriented articles.
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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