The link between high performance work practices and organizational performance: Empirically validating the conceptualization of HPWP according to the AMO model

Shatha M. Obeidat, Rebecca Mitchell, Mark Bray

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to better understand the relationship between high-performance work practices (HPWP) and organizational performance through a multi-dimensional model of the relationship between HPWP and performance, which conceptualizes HPWP according to the ability, motivation and opportunity (AMO) framework. HPWP are conceptualized as HR practices capable of enhancing the AMO of employees to contribute to organizational performance.
Design/methodology/approach – Data were collected from 118 Jordanian firms operating in the financial and manufacturing sectors. A questionnaire completed by the HR director in each firm assessed HPWP adoption and their influence on organizational performance.
Findings – The findings generate support for the link between HPWP and organizational performance and confirm the utility of the AMO model for conceptualizing HPWP and their impact on organizational performance.
Research limitations/implications – While this study relies on cross-sectional data, it confirms the utility of the AMO framework as an appropriate conceptual basis for HPWP and provides substantial support for the relevance of HPWP in increasing organizational performance.
Originality/value – The findings provide a basis for more consistent empirical investigation and better theory building for HPWP, and also provide a more robust basis for practical prescription. The empirical contribution is also significant as one of the few studies to investigate the link between HPWP and organizational performance in the Middle East.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)578-595
Number of pages18
JournalEmployee Relations
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Middle East
  • Organizational performance
  • High-performance work practices
  • AMO model

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