Commitment or Control? Human Resource Management Practices in Female and Male-Led Businesses
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE); Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)
30 2007, 10
ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2007-071-ORG
This paper investigates the commitment-orientation of HRM practices in female- and male-led firms. A distinction is made between emphasizing commitment or control in the design of HRM practices. To test for gender differences use is made of a sample of 555 Dutch firms. Contrary to what is generally believed it is found that - when controlled for relevant factors related to the business (e.g., firm size, age, sector) - HRM in female-led firms is more control-oriented than that in male-led firms. More specifically, female-led firms are more likely to be characterized by fixed and clearly defined tasks, centralized decision-making and direct supervision of the production process.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 36
Keywords: gender, entrepreneurship, human resource management, commitment, control
JEL Classification: M, M13, O32, M12working papers series
Date posted: November 27, 2007
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