An Empirical Examination of the Mechanisms Mediating between High-Performance Work Systems and the Performance of Japanese Organizations
Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 92, No. 4, 1069-1083, 2007
15 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2009
Date Written: October 4, 2006
The resource-based view of the firm and social exchange perspectives are invoked to hypothesize linkages among high-performance work systems, collective human capital, the degree of social exchange in an establishment, and establishment performance. The authors argue that high-performance work systems generate a high level of collective human capital and encourage a high degree of social exchange within an organization, and that these are positively related to the organization's overall performance. On the basis of a sample of Japanese establishments, the results provide support for the existence of these mediating mechanisms through which high-performance work systems affect overall establishment performance.
Keywords: strategic HRM, social exchange theory, mediators, human capital, relative establishment performance
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