Stubborn Traditionalism in HRM: Causes and Consequences

January 4, 2013
This article by John W. Boudreau (CEO) and Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) 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.

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