Factors helping the HR function gain greater acceptance for its proposals and innovations: Evidence from Spain

Luigi Stirpe, Jordi Trullen, Jaime Bonache

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Abstract

On the basis of the sense-making and sense-giving literature, this study addresses factors helping the HR function gain greater acceptance by employees for its proposals and innovations. Using an original sample of 298 employees from nine firms in Spain, we find that HR department credibility is only one of the factors that influence employees' acceptance. Other essential elements are top management and supervisor support. We also investigate the consequences that differential levels of support from supervisors and top managers can have for the acceptance of HR innovations, and we find that supervisor support carries more weight than that of top managers. Finally, we explore variations in the importance of the HR function credibility as an acceptance enabler under different organizational innovation climates. The results suggest that HR credibility plays an essential role independently of climate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3794-3811
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume24
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • HR function
  • HR innovations
  • acceptance factors
  • organizational context
  • sense-giving
  • sense-making

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