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Title: Institutions and human resource practices in European countries
Authors: García Cabrera, Antonia Mercedes 
Lucia-Casademunt, Ana M.
Cuéllar Molina, Deybbi 
UNESCO Clasification: 531104 Organización de recursos humanos
Keywords: Employees’ perception
European countries
Human resource management
Human resource practices
Institutional theory
Issue Date: 2018
Journal: International Journal of Human Resource Management 
Abstract: Stemming from differences between approaches to new institutionalism, this paper analyses the impact of institutions on the adoption of human resource practices (HRP) in organizations. With this aim in mind, two opposing hypotheses are presented: should configurations of national institutions be related to the actual implementation of HRP by organizations or not? This empirical analysis uses a sample of 29,959 employees who work in organizations established in 27 European countries and takes into account the employees’ perception about the HRP used in their organizations and which affect them. The results support the approach to new institutionalism that emphasizes legitimacy and isomorphism, since these results show empirical regularities when countries are compared. Specifically, a country’s configurations of regulative, normative and cognitive institutions are related to the actual implementation of HRP, such as internal promotion, job participation, job design, work-life balance, job training, assessment and teamwork. These results suggest relevant practical implications for human resource managers and policy-makers.
ISSN: 0958-5192
DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2016.1239119
Source: International Journal of Human Resource Management [ISSN 0958-5192], vol. 29(21), p. 3001-3032
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