The HRM-performance link: a longitudinal, business-unit investigation

Simon Mingo, Peter Langford

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Using longitudinal data from over 10,000 employees and 123 business units, this paper investigates the relative correlation of 16 human resource (HR) practices with employee engagement and organisational performance. The research addresses limitations levelled at previous research (such as being cross-sectional, using single raters, and analysing at the organisational level) by analysing longitudinal data from multiple raters and analysing at the business-unit level. All HR practices showed positive correlations with engagement and performance, with the strongest correlations for ethics, leadership, involvement, safety and cross-unit cooperation, and weakest correlations for worklife balance, in-group teamwork and supervision. These results may help researchers and practitioners channel limited resources into improving practices that have the strongest impact on organisational outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd ANZAM Conference
Subtitle of host publicationmanaging in the Pacific century
Place of PublicationAuckland, New Zealand
PublisherPromaco Conventions
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)1863081488
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (22nd : 2008) - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 2 Dec 20085 Dec 2008


ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (22nd : 2008)
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand


  • human resource management and organisational performance
  • strategic human resource management
  • voice


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