Center for Effective Organizations

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Stubborn Traditionalism in HRM: Causes and Consequences

John Boudreau and Edward E. Lawler III
January, 2013

This article examines two questions using cross-sectional analysis of our most recent survey of HR leaders. First we find that slow progress matters, because progress on HR functional features is related to important outcomes, including HR's role in strategy, effectiveness as a function, and organizational performance. Second, we explore one explanation for HR's stubborn traditionalism, in the organization's management approach. Our results suggest that the organization's management approach may indeed partially explain a lack of HR progress.

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