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High performance work systems, workforce productivity, and innovation: a comparison of MNCs and indigenous firms

Guthrie, James P. and Liu, Wenchuan and Flood, Patrick C. and MacCurtain, Sarah (2008) High performance work systems, workforce productivity, and innovation: a comparison of MNCs and indigenous firms. LInK Working Paper Series. (Paper No. 04-08). The Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre, Dublin City University, Ireland.

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Abstract

Previous research has reported conflicting results on whether or not foreign-owned firms diverge from indigenous firms with respect to their human resource policies and practices. Set in the dynamic, globalized economy of the Republic of Ireland, this study examines the relative use of high performance work systems (HPWS) by foreign-owned versus Irish-owned firms. We also investigate the implications of HPWS use for organizational effectiveness. Results suggest substantial differences associated with country of ownership. Relative to Irish-owned firms, foreign-owned firms report higher HPWS utilization and higher rates of workforce productivity and innovation. Results suggest that the relationship between country of ownership and organizational effectiveness is mediated by the use of HPWS.

Item Type:Working Paper (No. 04-08)
Refereed:No
Uncontrolled Keywords:High Performance Work Systems (HPWS); Organizational Effectiveness; Multinational Companies (MNCs);
Subjects:Business > Personnel management
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > DCU Business School
Research Initiatives and Centres > LInK: The Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre > LInK Working Paper Series
Publisher:The Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre, Dublin City University
Copyright Information:© 2008, LInK, James P. Guthrie, Wenchuan Liu, Patrick C. Flood, Sarah MacCurtain
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:2421
Deposited On:19 Feb 2009 14:31 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 19 Feb 2009 14:31

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