On the Role of Pre-Determined Rules for HRM Policies
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 11-034/1
28 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2011
Date Written: February 11, 2011
Using simple game-theoretical models, this paper studies the role of pre-determined rules for HRM policies. We consider a model in which HRM decisions affect employees' self-images and thereby their motivation. We show that in the absence of written rules, managers are too reluctant (1) to differentiate between employees on the basis of their abilities, and (2) to terminate employment of employees on probation. Generally, organizations benefit from committing to strict rules for various HRM practices.
Keywords: rules, human resource management policies, self-image, motivation
JEL Classification: M5, D82, D83
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