Human Capital Factors Affecting Human Resource (HR) Managers’ Commitment to HR and the Mediating Role of Perceived Organizational Value on HR

Human Resource Management, 2015, DOI: 10.1002/hrm.21768

Fox School of Business Research Paper No. 15-073

16 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2015 Last revised: 16 Dec 2016

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In‐Sue Oh

Temple University - Department of Human Resource Management

Gary Blau

Temple University - Department of Human Resource Management

Joo Hun Han

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Seongsu Kim

Seoul National University - College of Business Administration

Date Written: June 29, 2015

Abstract

Human resource (HR) managers’ commitment to their occupation (HR) leads to the proper delivery and implementation of HR practices and, therefore, is deemed as a critical factor for the success of HR practices. Based on socio-cognitive, human capital, and signaling theories, this study examines: (a) HR managers’ own and their chief HR officer’s (CHRO) HR-specific human capital as antecedents of their commitment to HR, and (b) the mediating mechanism through which the CHRO’s HR-specific human capital positively influences HR managers’ commitment to HR. Based on 146 HR managers from 146 organizations in South Korea, the findings of the current study suggest that HR managers with higher levels of HR-specific human capital and those working with CHROs with higher levels of HR-specific human capital tend to have higher levels of commitment to HR. In addition, CHROs with higher levels of HR-specific human capital positively influence HR managers’ commitment to HR by signaling to them that HR and its function are valued and cared about by their organizations. Theoretical and practical implications of this study are discussed along with study limitations and further research directions.

Keywords: HR managers, occupational commitment, chief HR officer, perceived organizational value on HR, human capital

Suggested Citation

Oh, In-Sue and Blau, Gary and Han, Joo Hun and Kim, Seongsu, Human Capital Factors Affecting Human Resource (HR) Managers’ Commitment to HR and the Mediating Role of Perceived Organizational Value on HR (June 29, 2015). Human Resource Management, 2015, DOI: 10.1002/hrm.21768; Fox School of Business Research Paper No. 15-073. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2624606

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Joo Hun Han

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey ( email )

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Seongsu Kim

Seoul National University - College of Business Administration ( email )

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