Strategic intent, high-performance HRM, and the role of the HR director: an investigation into attitudes and practices in the country of Jordan

Singh, Satwinder, Darwish, Tamer K ORCID: 0000-0003-1815-9338 and Anderson, Neil (2012) Strategic intent, high-performance HRM, and the role of the HR director: an investigation into attitudes and practices in the country of Jordan. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23 (14). pp. 3027-3044. doi:10.1080/09585192.2011.637074

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There is an implicit undercurrent in the HRM literature that the role of present day HR director has become ‘strategic’ as opposed to ‘routine’, as in the past. In this paper, we empirically test these assertions in the context of the country of Jordan—a context within which little past research into HRM has been undertaken. The design includes a detailed survey instrument sent to all financial firms within the country. We find that the reliance on routine functions has indeed fallen for HR directors surveyed; however, there is only weak evidence to support that the perceived importance of strategic functions has increased substantially. Results show that male HR directors and those longer serving, with higher qualifications, and those working for companies with lower employee turnover, are more likely to rate as ‘high’ the importance of the most strategic HR functions. Neither company size nor years of establishment moderated this relationship. The empirical evidence from this study—as one of a few conducted in non-Western environment—adds to the literature with some interesting implications and avenues for future work. Importantly, implications from our findings for strategic HRM and the role of the HR director are considered in conclusion.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 10 Jan 2012
Uncontrolled Keywords: Strategic HRM; strategic and routine functions; proportions test; ordinal and logistic regressions
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5549 Personnel management. Employment management
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Tamer Darwish
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2016 14:50
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2023 15:51

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