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    Exploring the Impact of High Performance Work Systems in Professional Service Firms: A Practices-Resources-Uses-Performance Approach

    Fu, Na (2013) Exploring the Impact of High Performance Work Systems in Professional Service Firms: A Practices-Resources-Uses-Performance Approach. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 65 (3). pp. 240-257. ISSN 1065-9293

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    This article aims to explore how a system of human resource management (HRM) practices influence firm performance in a professional service context. It integrates multidisciplinary theory and research findings. The system of HRM practices are labeled as high performance work systems (HPWS). In this article, it is proposed that HPWS influence firm performance through two steps: (1) by creating resources of human, social and organizational capital; and (2) by efficient uses of these resources. It indicates that firms using higher level of HPWS will experience better performance. The underlying mechanism is that HPWS first promote employees’ ability, relationships, and opportunities; that is, the resources. These resources then facilitate the uses process, which is represented by 4 means: (1) sensing the changes in the external environment; (2) team formation and utilization; (3) leveraging knowledge from seniors to juniors; and (4) combining and exchanging knowledge. Uses finally lead to higher organizational performance. This approach is called the practices-resources-uses-performance linkage model. Employing this linkage process tool, managers are able to diagnose the requirements for organizational development. They can effectively adopt and implement HPWS. This article introduces a novel perspective for investigating the underlying mediating mechanisms that explain the link between HPWS and Professional Service Firm (PSF) performance.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is available at DOI: 10.1037/a0034502
    Keywords: high performance work systems; professional service firms; linkages; Personnel management; Accounting; Intellectual capital; Management; Knowledge management;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 6336
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    Depositing User: Na Fu
    Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2015 14:08
    Journal or Publication Title: Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research
    Publisher: American Psychological Association
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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