Title: HRM frames of HR managers and line managers: congruence, consequences and context

Authors: Huub Ruël; Markus Gbur

Addresses: The Hague Hospitality Business School, Hotelschool The Hague, Campus The Hague - Brusselselaan 2, 2587 AH The Hague, The Netherlands; University of Twente, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB Enschede, The Netherlands ' University of Twente, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB Enschede, The Netherlands

Abstract: In the HRM literature more and more attention is being paid to the role of HRM frames, especially in the phase of introducing new HRM sub-systems. Individual HRM frames consist of assumptions, expectations and knowledge about HRM. If individual HRM frames share common contents and structures, they are regarded as congruent. According to theory, congruent frames of different stakeholders increase the efficiency of the introduction of organisational changes. This study investigates the congruence of HRM frames between HR professionals and line managers in different European companies and industries by means of a qualitative analysis of 94 semi-structured interviews with HR professionals and line managers. The results suggest a model with four sequential domains: HRM-as-intended, HRM-as-composed, HRM-in-use and HRM-in-integration. This study contributes to the existing literature by exploring the importance of HRM frames during HR change, proposing a model that regards and explains HRM as a process.

Keywords: congruence; consequences; context; HRM; HRM frames; HR managers; line managers.

DOI: 10.1504/EJIM.2017.086697

European Journal of International Management, 2017 Vol.11 No.5, pp.557 - 580

Received: 27 Jan 2017
Accepted: 27 Jan 2017

Published online: 08 Sep 2017 *

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