Evidence-based human resource management practices in three EU developing member states: Can managers tell truth from fallacy?
Frank Bezzina , Vincent Cassar , Katarzyna Tracz-Krupa , Sylwia Przytuła , Darko Tipurić
AbstractGood management practice is assumed to be the product of a good knowledge base and its application, not least in Human Resource Management (HRM). The aim of this study is to assess the extent to which managers adhere to practices of HRM that are more likely to be upheld by research evidence as opposed to beliefs for which research evidence is highly lacking. In addition, it evaluates practitioners’ explanations about adopting HR practices. This study was conducted in three European Union (EU) developing countries (Poland, Croatia and Malta). A mixed-methods approach is adopted, utilising a web-based questionnaire targeting a purposive sample of 300 practitioners occupying managerial positions and directly involved in people management (Study 1), followed by 20 in-depth interviews with similar participants (Study 2). Our study reveals that managers are always fully cognisant of the main body of research evidence related to specific HR practices. Practitioners are more likely to access required knowledge for applications through popular sources rather than more reliable ones due to time constraints, inaccessibility and inability to evaluate evidence. While they appreciate the role of theory, the leap from theory to application is not easy or straightforward, commenting that large gaps between research and practice prevail. These overall trends may imply that practitioners base their decisions on personal experience rather than on evidence-based knowledge or expertise acquired through evidence-grounded applications. Results suggest that future research should focus on closing the gap by evaluating how academics impart the knowledge and how practitioners apply that knowledge
|Journal series||European Management Journal, ISSN 0263-2373, e-ISSN 1873-5681, (A 25 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.6|
|Keywords in English||human resource management, evidence-based practices, managers, practitioners, Poland, Croatia, Malta|
|Publication indicators||= 1; : 2017 = 2.076; : 2017 = 2.369 (2) - 2017=3.412 (5)|
|Citation count*||9 (2020-02-04)|
* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.