The gap between research and practice: a replication study on the HR professionals' beliefs about effective human resource practices

Karin Sanders, Maarten van Riemsdijk, B.A.C. Groen

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Abstract

In 2002 Rynes, Colbert and Brown asked human resource (HR) professionals to what extent they agreed with various HR research findings. Responses from 959 American participants showed that there are large discrepancies between research findings and practitioners' beliefs about effective human resource practices. The current research is a replication of the Rynes et al. study among 626 Dutch HR professionals. The results show remarkable similarities with the American study: there are large discrepancies between research findings and practitioners' beliefs in some content areas, especially recruitment and selection. Dutch practitioners are somewhat more likely to agree with research findings when there education level is higher, when they read HRM professional journals more frequently and when they have a positive attitude towards the applicability and usefulness of academic research.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)1976-1988
Number of pages13
JournalInternational journal of human resource management
Volume19
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • IR-73321
  • METIS-251890

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