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Closing strategic human resource management research lacunas with mediating role of employee creativity


Ismail, Abdussalaam Iyanda and Abdelrahman, Samia Elsheikh and Abdul Majid, Abdul Halim (2018) Closing strategic human resource management research lacunas with mediating role of employee creativity. Academy of Strategic Management Journal, 17 (1). pp. 1-18. ISSN 1544-1458

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Abstract

The facts and figures, as presented in the introductory section of the current study, have shown that Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) performance in Nigeria is in downturn, and the extant literature has recognized the existence of vague processes (black box) between organizational inputs (High Performance Work System [HPWS]) and organizational output (performance). Therefore, this study investigates the mediating effect of employee creativity on the link between HPWS and SME performance in Nigeria. Using cross-sectional research approach, data were collected from a sample of 518 managers in Nigerian SME firms. Sample selection was based on stratified sampling technique, given that the population is large and resources (time and money) are not adequate for the researchers. The overall finding signifies partial mediating effect of employee performance on HPWS-performance link. This indicates that HPWS in Nigerian SMEs enhances performance. Yet, HPWS is not enough to stimulate high performance until it induces employee creativity which will in turn precipitate higher firm performance. Also, the finding shows that SMEs’ success relies on the inputs of highly committed, well-motivated and qualified employees. This research has contributed towards the enrichment of the Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) literature, and it is hoped that it will serve as a useful guide for stakeholders on how they can boost the performances of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to actualize the initiatives under the Nigeria’s Vision 2020, which is to ensure that Nigeria becomes one of the top 20 economies in the world by 2020. However, since the data used for this study were collected from Nigerian SMEs’ managers, future research should investigate employees’ perspective regarding HPWS and firm performance, because examining employees’ perspectives on HPWS-performance nexus would expand the understanding and enrich the body of knowledge in the research field.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: High Performance Work System, Creativity, Performance, Black Box, SMEs.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: School of Business Management
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2019 00:50
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2019 00:50
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/25860

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