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Are high-performance work systems (HPWS) appreciated by everyone?: The role of management position and gender on the relationship between HPWS and affective commitment
University of Skövde, School of Business. University of Skövde, Enterprises for the Future. (Strategiskt Entreprenörskap, Strategic Entrepreneurship (StrEnt))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5408-413X
Karlstad University.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5306-7012
2019 (English)In: Employee relations, ISSN 0142-5455, E-ISSN 1758-7069, Vol. 41, no 5, p. 1046-1064Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose:  Although most studies on HPWS focus on various firm-level outcomes, there has been an increasing interest in how employees are affected by HPWS. However, most of these studies use social exchange theory and, based on an idea of reciprocal exchange, implicitly assume that all employees become more affectively committed to organizations using HPWS.  Based on social identity theory, we argue that management position and gender likely influence how individuals respond to HPWS. Thus, the aim of this study is to examine how HPWS affects affective commitment among managers, subordinates, men, and women.

Design/methodology/approach: Hierarchical linear model analysis of 356 employees in 26 Swedish small and medium-sized manufacturing companies.

Findings: In the sample examined, managers and women show increased affective commitment in organizations using HPWS. For men with non-managerial positions, the results indicate a reversed relationship, i.e. HPWS could actually reduce affective commitment.

Originality/value: The findings indicate the need to consider individual differences when examining the effect of HPWS, and highlight the usefulness of relational-oriented theories when studying the employee outcomes of HRM systems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2019. Vol. 41, no 5, p. 1046-1064
Keywords [en]
Human resource management, High-performance work systems, Affective commitment, Social identity theory, Gender
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Business Administration
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Strategic Entrepreneurship
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-16284DOI: 10.1108/ER-03-2018-0080ISI: 000476942400012Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85069674760OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-16284DiVA, id: diva2:1339138
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Win-win-situationer för medarbetare och ägare - En analys av sambanden mellan HRM, välbefinnande och lönsamhet
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2012-1067Available from: 2019-07-25 Created: 2019-07-25 Last updated: 2019-08-09Bibliographically approved

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