Converging configurations

developing a taxonomy of management and human resource practices in Australian and New Zealand accounting firms

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Abstract

This paper reports on a replication study that investigates management and human resource practices in accounting firms. Using configuration theory, the study surveyed accounting firms in Australia and New Zealand with regard to their intensity of practice of HRM and management practices. Building on existing theories concerning organisational archetypes and the existing taxonomy, this study classifies accounting practices according to their human resources and management configurations. Using cluster analysis, the study found three clear configurations in the accounting industry, confirming the existing taxonomy and research method. Implications for management theory and practice are then discussed. The study contributes to the ongoing discussion concerning homogeneity/heterogeneity within professional services, finding that, with regard to HRM and management practice, there is evidence for homogeneity across professions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th ANZAM Conference 2013
Subtitle of host publicationmanaging on the edge
EditorsMartin Grimmer, Rob Hecker
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Pages1-21
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780987596819
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (27th : 2013) - Hobart, Australia
Duration: 4 Dec 20136 Dec 2013

Conference

ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (27th : 2013)
CityHobart, Australia
Period4/12/136/12/13

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Keywords

  • HRM
  • HRM research methods
  • HRM theory
  • performance management
  • Strategic HRM

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Sykes, M., & Heys, A. (2013). Converging configurations: developing a taxonomy of management and human resource practices in Australian and New Zealand accounting firms. In M. Grimmer, & R. Hecker (Eds.), Proceedings of the 27th ANZAM Conference 2013: managing on the edge (pp. 1-21). Australia: Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management.