Where Do We Go from Here? New Perspectives on the Black Box in Strategic Human Resource Management Research

33 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2013

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Kaifeng Jiang

University of Notre Dame

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

Date Written: December 2013

Abstract

The main objective of the present research is to briefly review the strategic human resource management (HRM) literature from multilevel theoretical perspectives to summarize what we know about mediating mechanisms in the HR–performance relationship. By doing so, we highlight future research needs to advance theoretical understanding of the ‘black box’ in strategic HRM research. Furthermore, by offering additional theoretical perspectives that can be used to understand the mediating mechanisms at different levels, we suggest future research directions that capture the complexities associated with strategic HRM through a multilevel theoretical lens. Implications of the model are discussed.

Keywords: black box, mediating mechanisms, multilevel perspective, narrative review, strategic HRM

Suggested Citation

Jiang, Kaifeng and Takeuchi, Riki and Lepak, David P., Where Do We Go from Here? New Perspectives on the Black Box in Strategic Human Resource Management Research (December 2013). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 50, Issue 8, pp. 1448-1480, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2351632 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12057

Kaifeng Jiang (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame ( email )

Riki Takeuchi

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

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David P. Lepak

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

Piscataway, NJ 08854
United States

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