Human resource management and public organizational performance: educational outcomes in the Netherlands

Laurence J. O'Toole, René Torenvlied, Agnes Akkerman, Kenneth J. Meier

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    Abstract

    In recent years researchers have focused systematically on whether public management matters for the performance of public organizations. Management of organizations’ human resources (HR) is one such managerial function, and a growing literature argues for its importance in delivering results. In this chapter the focus is on the link between human resource management (HRM) and organizational performance on behalf of students’ educational attainment in schools. It is often asserted, but much less often demonstrated, that good HRM can improve public organizational outputs and outcomes. We test for the relationship using nationwide data from schools providing primary education in the Netherlands, along with results from a survey administered to all primary school principals in the country. Controlling for a range of other variables, we find that school managers’ deliberations with their educational team contributes positively, and some HR-related red tape influences negatively, schools’ educational outcomes. The findings validate arguments in the literature on the importance for performance of public organizations’ management of their human resources. A focus on the performance of public organizations is prominent in both management practice and research
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHuman Resource Management in the Public Sector
    EditorsRonald J. Burke, Andrew J. Noblet, Carly L. Cooper
    PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
    Pages270-285
    Number of pages352
    ISBN (Print)9780857937315
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Publication series

    NameNew Horizons in Management series
    PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing

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    Education
    The Netherlands
    Organizational performance
    Human resource management
    Human resources
    Public organizations
    Primary education
    Management performance
    Managers
    Management practices
    School principals
    Primary school
    Red tape
    Management research
    Educational attainment
    Deliberation
    Public management

    Keywords

    • IR-86862
    • METIS-297095

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    O'Toole, L. J., Torenvlied, R., Akkerman, A., & Meier, K. J. (2013). Human resource management and public organizational performance: educational outcomes in the Netherlands. In R. J. Burke, A. J. Noblet, & C. L. Cooper (Eds.), Human Resource Management in the Public Sector (pp. 270-285). (New Horizons in Management series). Edward Elgar Publishing. https://doi.org/10.4337/9780857937322.00025
    O'Toole, Laurence J. ; Torenvlied, René ; Akkerman, Agnes ; Meier, Kenneth J. / Human resource management and public organizational performance: educational outcomes in the Netherlands. Human Resource Management in the Public Sector. editor / Ronald J. Burke ; Andrew J. Noblet ; Carly L. Cooper. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013. pp. 270-285 (New Horizons in Management series).
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    O'Toole, LJ, Torenvlied, R, Akkerman, A & Meier, KJ 2013, Human resource management and public organizational performance: educational outcomes in the Netherlands. in RJ Burke, AJ Noblet & CL Cooper (eds), Human Resource Management in the Public Sector. New Horizons in Management series, Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 270-285. https://doi.org/10.4337/9780857937322.00025

    Human resource management and public organizational performance: educational outcomes in the Netherlands. / O'Toole, Laurence J.; Torenvlied, René; Akkerman, Agnes; Meier, Kenneth J.

    Human Resource Management in the Public Sector. ed. / Ronald J. Burke; Andrew J. Noblet; Carly L. Cooper. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013. p. 270-285 (New Horizons in Management series).

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    O'Toole LJ, Torenvlied R, Akkerman A, Meier KJ. Human resource management and public organizational performance: educational outcomes in the Netherlands. In Burke RJ, Noblet AJ, Cooper CL, editors, Human Resource Management in the Public Sector. Edward Elgar Publishing. 2013. p. 270-285. (New Horizons in Management series). https://doi.org/10.4337/9780857937322.00025