Business strategy, work processes and human resource training: Are they congruent?

Simon Landau Dolan, Fernando Martín, Pedro Miguel Romero, Ramón Valle Cabrera

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This study examines the extent to which human resource (HR) training (content and context) is contingent on business strategy (i.e. classified according to Miles and Snow (1984) typology-'Designing strategic human resource systems', Organizational Dynamics, 13, 36-52) as well as the characteristics of the work process. Sixty-five Spanish organizations (i.e. 65 senior executives and 65 senior HR officers) participated in the study. Using primarily factorial and cluster analyses, support was found to the assertion that companies adopting a particular type of training strategy/policy have a high degree of internal consistency amongst the training objectives sought. In terms of work processes and training, results indicate that under work processes where the content of work provides for enrichment and for long-term results, companies tend to adopt training strategies where emphasis is on enhancement of individual specialized skills aimed at improving direct productivity. By contrast, firms who use work processes that are characterized by repetitive and routine tasks, de-emphasize this type of training content. Results also indicae that limited level of contingencies exist between training policies and business strategy, especially when time dimension is also accounted for. While the theory suggests that organizations that have their HR training fit (contingent) on their business strategy are more effective, the empirical results portrayed in this study shows a more complex picture.
Idioma originalAnglès
Pàgines (de-a)283-297
RevistaJournal of Organizational Behavior
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 1 de maig 2000


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