Matching Leadership Styles with Employment Modes: Strategic Human Resource Management Perspective

Human Resource Management Review, Vol. 13, pp. 127-152, 2003

26 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2007

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Wei Liu

University of Maryland - Department of Management & Organization

David P. Lepak

University of Maryland - Department of Management & Organization

Riki Takeuchi

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Management & Organization

Henry P. Sims

University of Maryland - Department of Management & Organization

Abstract

Researcher have spent considerable efforts to identify means of using human resource management practices to effectively utilize human capital. At the same time, it has been well recognized that leadership plays a critical role in effective management of employees [Burns, J. Z., & Otte, F. L., Hum. Resour. Dev. Q. 10 (1999) 225; Sims Jr., H. P., & Manz, C. C. (1996). Company of heros: Unleashing the power of self-leadership. New York: Wiley]. However, scant research exists that integrates these two seemingly disparate streams of research. By drawing on strategic human resource management and leadership literatures, we provide a typology of employment mode - leadership style fit that matches leadership styles with the requirements of different employee groups. Building on strategic human resrouce management, we recognize that different groups of employees are managed differently and may require different leadership styles. Based on contingency approaches to leadership, we explore leadership style most consistent with the underlying objectives and psychological obligations underlying different groups of employees. Implications of this fit for researchers and managers as well as directions for future research are discussed.

Keywords: Leadership, Employment modes, Strategic human resource management, Human capital

Suggested Citation

Liu, Wei and Lepak, David P. and Takeuchi, Riki and Sims, Henry P., Matching Leadership Styles with Employment Modes: Strategic Human Resource Management Perspective. Human Resource Management Review, Vol. 13, pp. 127-152, 2003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1000846

Wei Liu (Contact Author)

University of Maryland - Department of Management & Organization ( email )

United States

David P. Lepak

University of Maryland - Department of Management & Organization ( email )

United States

Riki Takeuchi

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Management & Organization ( email )

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Henry P. Sims

University of Maryland - Department of Management & Organization ( email )

United States

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