Configurations of human resource and management practices in Australasian law firms

Andrew Heys, John Rodwell, Denise Jepsen

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Abstract

This paper reports on a study that employs configuration theory to investigate whether there are noticeable differences in the HR and management ‘bundles’ used to drive performance in law firms. The survey explored the intensity of use by the firms of 16 performance oriented HR and management practices, identified earlier by a sample of influential industry actors as ‘drivers of performance’ in the industry. Cluster analysis was used to develop a taxonomy of the sample firms based on their patterns of use of the 16 practices. Three stable and one ‘emerging’ configuration were identified. This finding; that diverse management configurations do exist within the sector, is discussed in the light of contemporary theories about the evolution of professional archetypes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 25th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference
Subtitle of host publicationthe future of work and organisations
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherArinex Pty Ltd
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781877040870
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (25th : 2011) - Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 7 Dec 20119 Dec 2011

Conference

ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (25th : 2011)
CityWellington, New Zealand
Period7/12/119/12/11

Keywords

  • ANOVA
  • knowledge economy
  • strategic human resource management
  • multivariate statistics
  • organisational performance
  • performance management

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    Heys, A., Rodwell, J., & Jepsen, D. (2011). Configurations of human resource and management practices in Australasian law firms. In Proceedings of the 25th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: the future of work and organisations Sydney: Arinex Pty Ltd.