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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    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
    ISBN (Print)9780857937315
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Publication series

    NameNew Horizons in Management series
    PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing


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