Occasioning change through HR sourcing

Mitchell van Balen, Tatiana Bondarouk

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    This article describes how structuration theory can be used to analyze changes as invoked by two HR Sourcing arrangements: HR Shared Service Centers and HR Outsourcing. This approach allows us to under-stand changing responsibilities, altered HR processes, and the adaptation of web-based tools for HRM, through the eyes of organizational agents. More-over structuration theory allows that their perspectives can be utilized to explicate the emergence of adversities and advantages that are commonly identified with HR Sourcing, but which often lack interpretation. In order to create a more solid understanding of those perspectives, the notion of an HR Ensemble is developed, which signifies the mental constructs that orga-nizational agents can carry about HRM. By highlighting these constructs before and during the occurrence of HR Sourcing at six organizations, sev-eral well-known, but ill expound phenomena are illuminated. This is grounded in the comparison of the two HR sourcing arrangements, which gives the opportunity to explain several differences. The article concludes with three recommendations to make HR Sourcing more viable.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationeHRM-2010: European Academic Workshop on Electronic Human Resource Management
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd European Academic Workshop on Electronic Human Resource Management 2010
    EditorsStefan Strohmeier, Anke Diederichsen
    Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2010

    Publication series

    NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
    ISSN (Print)1613-0073


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