Developing high performance working through case study evidence

Kirsteen Grant, Gillian Maxwell

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    Abstract

    Purpose: This paper aims to theoretically proffer and empirically evidence five inter-related high performance working (HPW) groupings of value to practitioners interested in developing HPW in their organizations. Design/methodology/approach: The empirical research is based on three UK-based qualitative case studies. Data are drawn from nine in-depth interviews with managers (three from each case) and three subsequent focus groups (one in each case). Focus groups comprised six, eight, and four employee (non-manager) interviewees. Findings: The empirical findings validate the theoretical importance of the five identified HPW groupings. More, they imply a number of relationships within and between the five groupings, confirming the need to view the groupings collectively and dynamically. Originality/value: The five HPW groupings provide a foundation for further research to closely evaluate the dynamism within and across the groupings. They also offer practical types of human resource interventions and actions for practitioners to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of HPW in their organizations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)5-8
    Number of pages4
    JournalDevelopment and Learning in Organisations
    Volume32
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2018

    Keywords

    • high performance; high performance working; high performance work practices

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