Innovating HRM implementation: The influence of organisational contingencies on the HRM role of line managers

Anna Bos-Nehles, Maarten Van Riemsdijk

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    Purpose-The social innovation of devolving HRM responsibilities to line managers results in many debates about how well they implement HRM practices. The implementation constraints line managers perceive in their HRM role are researched by taking organisational contingencies into consideration.

    Design/methodology/approach-We present four case studies in which our findings are based on quantitative and qualitative data from the cases. The qualitative data allow us to explain some of our quantitative results in terms of organisational differences. Findings-The HRM implementation effectiveness as perceived by line managers depends on the line managers' span of control, his/her education level and experience and his/her hierarchical position in the organisation. Each HRM implementation constraint knows additional organisational contingencies. Research limitations/implications-We did not consider possible influences of one organisational characteristic on another, and the effect of this combined effect on the HRM implementation factors. In order to overcome this limitation, we would suggest using a structural equation model (SEM) in future research. Practical implications-This chapter offers HR professionals solutions on how to structure the organisation and design the HRM role of line managers in order to implement HRM practices effectively. Social implications-We see many differences on how HRM implementation is managed in organisations. This chapter offers solutions to policy makers on how to equalise the HRM role of line managers. Originality/value-The focus of this chapter is on the line manager (instead of HR managers) as implementer of HRM and the impact of organisational contingencies on HRM implementation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHuman Resource Management, Social Innovation and Technology
    EditorsTanya Bondarouk, Miguel R. Olivas-Lujan
    Number of pages33
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78441-129-9
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2014

    Publication series

    NameAdvanced series in management
    PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
    ISSN (Print)1877-6361


    • HRM implementation
    • Hrm innovation
    • Hrm role, organisational structure
    • Line managers
    • Organisational contingencies


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