Further Exploring the Links between High Performance Work Practices and Firm Performance: A Multiple-mediation Model in the German Context

Sven Hauff, Dorothea Alewell, Nina Hansen

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Abstract

To improve our understanding of the relationships between high performance work systems and firm performance, several studies have analyzed the mediating effects of motivationrelated or human capital-related variables. However, most of these have concentrated on single aspects and are U.S.-focused. We extend previous HRM research by simultaneously analysing the relevance of four general mediating mechanisms: human capital, employee attitudes, employee performance, and operational performance. We apply structural equation modeling with formative constructs to data of 1,099 German firms. While our findings support the assumption of positive relationships between high performance work practices, the four mediating mechanisms, and firm performance, they also reveal some peculiarities attributable to the German context. Using formative constructs, we could also show that single high performance work practices have different effects on firm performance.
LanguageEnglish
Pages1-22
JournalGerman Journal of Research in Human Resource Management
Early online date11 Oct 2017
DOIs
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Oct 2017

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Mediation
Firm performance
High-performance work practices
Human capital
Mediating effect
Employee performance
Employee attitudes
Business performance
Structural equation modeling
High performance work systems

Keywords

  • High-Performance Work Systems
  • Firm Performance
  • Mediation
  • Human Capital
  • Employee Performance
  • Operational Performance

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