An Empirical Examination of the Mechanisms Mediating between High-Performance Work Systems and the Performance of Japanese Organizations

Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 92, No. 4, 1069-1083, 2007

15 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2009

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Riki Takeuchi

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

David P. Lepak

Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations - New Brunswick

Heli C. Wang

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

Kazuo Takeuchi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: October 4, 2006

Abstract

The resource-based view of the firm and social exchange perspectives are invoked to hypothesize linkages among high-performance work systems, collective human capital, the degree of social exchange in an establishment, and establishment performance. The authors argue that high-performance work systems generate a high level of collective human capital and encourage a high degree of social exchange within an organization, and that these are positively related to the organization's overall performance. On the basis of a sample of Japanese establishments, the results provide support for the existence of these mediating mechanisms through which high-performance work systems affect overall establishment performance.

Keywords: strategic HRM, social exchange theory, mediators, human capital, relative establishment performance

Suggested Citation

Takeuchi, Riki and Lepak, David P. and Wang, Heli and Takeuchi, Kazuo, An Empirical Examination of the Mechanisms Mediating between High-Performance Work Systems and the Performance of Japanese Organizations (October 4, 2006). Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 92, No. 4, 1069-1083, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1370750

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David P. Lepak

Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations - New Brunswick ( email )

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Heli Wang

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

Clear Water Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong

Kazuo Takeuchi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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