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Singing the same song: translating HRM messages across management hierarchies in Australian hospitals

Stanton, Pauline and Young, Suzanne and Bartram, Timothy and Leggat, Sandra G (2010) Singing the same song: translating HRM messages across management hierarchies in Australian hospitals. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 21 (4). pp. 567-581. ISSN 0958-5192 (print), 1466-4399 (online)

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Abstract

This paper reports the findings of case study research exploring the strength of the HR system in three Australian public hospitals from the perspective of senior, middle and line managers, and HR practitioners. The study explored how HRM is understood, interpreted, and operationalized across the management hierarchy. The findings suggest that the role of the CEO is crucial in providing HR legitimacy, leadership and resources that create a distinctive HR system, and in nurturing within group agreement and consensus among the senior executive team on the role of HR. In turn, senior managers need to translate consistent HR messages throughout the management hierarchy and provide lower level managers with the formal and informal direction, support and empowerment to operationalize HR strategy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID20912, healthcare, HR practices, HR strength, management hierarchy
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
SEO Classification > 9104 Management and Productivity
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 21 May 2012 03:27
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2015 22:32
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/6971
DOI: 10.1080/09585191003612075
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Citations in Scopus: 27 - View on Scopus

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