Title: Human resource practices as engagement driver: an empirical investigation in Indian software development firms

Authors: Surya Prakash Pati, Pankaj Kumar

Addresses: Human Resource Management Group, Chandragupt Institute of Management, Patna, Phaneeshwar Nath Renu Hindi Bhawan, Chajjubagh, Patna 800001, Bihar, India. ' Human Resource Management Group, Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, Prabandh Nagar, Off Sitapur Road, Lucknow 226013, Uttar Pradesh, India

Abstract: The current study is amongst the first to delineate an empirical relationship between the human resource (HR) practices and employee engagement. Since HR practices are perceived as organisational intention, its influence on engagement, a much desired work attitude assumes great significance in the globalised business environment prevalent today. The study findings point to a positive and significant influence of high compensation and involvement in decision-making in propagating engagement amongst the workforce. However, gender was only found to moderate the relationship between involvement in decision-making and engagement. The study contributes towards enriching the existing literature available on employee engagement as well as on the influence of HR practices on employee work attitudes. Apart from that, it also recommends suitable managerial implications that can guide the information technology firms in India in gaining an engaged workforce.

Keywords: work attitudes; human resources; employee engagement; bundles; recruitment; rewards; decision making; gender; culture; India; software development; employee involvement; employee participation; information technology; IT firms.

DOI: 10.1504/IJICBM.2011.042320

International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management, 2011 Vol.4 No.5, pp.473 - 490

Published online: 04 Sep 2011 *

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