High Performance Work Systems and the End of Fun: Do High Performance Work Systems Provide a More Human Work Environment?

18 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2010

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Heike Nolte

University of Applied Sciences Emden-Leer

Silke Haschen

University of Applied Sciences Emden-Leer

Date Written: December 3, 2010

Abstract

High Performance Work Systems are generally considered to have a positive impact on workers' well-being. But is this actually the case? This article will discuss this question from the point of view of "End of Fun", a controversial and widely-discussed book by Judith Mair (2003), claiming that traditional work systems provide a more beneficial work environment as well as better organizational performance. In order to do so, this article gives an introduction to High Performance Work Systems (HPWS) and discusses their components from the "End of Fun" perspective. In the process it gives an overview of the most important aspects of HWPS. Thus it can also be used in advanced management classes; so for this purpose teaching material is added in a separate document.

Keywords: high performance work system, HPWS, team, decision making, work life balance, management practice, organizational effectiveness, commitment

JEL Classification: M12, M14, M51, M52, M53, M54, M59, D21, D23, L19, L21, L22

Suggested Citation

Nolte, Heike and Haschen, Silke, High Performance Work Systems and the End of Fun: Do High Performance Work Systems Provide a More Human Work Environment? (December 3, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1719403 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1719403

Heike Nolte (Contact Author)

University of Applied Sciences Emden-Leer ( email )

Constantiaplatz 4
Emden, 26723
Germany

Silke Haschen

University of Applied Sciences Emden-Leer ( email )

Constantiaplatz 4
Emden, 26723
Germany

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