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Human resource management in professional service firms : learning from a framework for research and practice

  • Success in human resource management (HRM) depends on the question of whether applied practices of HRM meet specific contingency factors and are appropriately configured. Using this argument, the present article examines HRM in professional service firms (PSFs) in pursuit of three objectives. First, we introduce a conceptual framework that illustrates how the constitutive characteristics of PSFs, as contingency factors, influence HRM practices and research. Second, based on this framework, we summarize key findings of research on HRM in PSFs and open up potential avenues for further research. Third, we reflect on the argument that HRM in PSFs can contribute to an understanding of HRM practices in other organizational settings, leading to the question of the mutual transferability of HRM practices. Aside from these three primary objectives, we also introduce the contents of the special issue.

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Author of HS ReutlingenKozica, Arjan
Erschienen in:German Journal of Human Resource Management : Zeitschrift fur Personalforschung
Place of publication:London
Document Type:Journal article
Publication year:2015
Tag:HRM practices; contingency theory; human resource management; knowledge intensive organizations; professional service firms
Page Number:25
First Page:77
Last Page:101
DDC classes:650 Management
Open access?:Nein
Licence (German):License Logo  In Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt