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Business strategy and approaches to HRM - A case study of new developments in the United Kingdom restaurant industry

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Abstract:

Considers the relationship between business strategy and approaches to HRM. Theory suggests that certain approaches to HRM align more appropriately with different business strategies. Hence a new approach to business might suggest the need for a new approach to managing HR. Examines this relationship in more depth in the context of a new market development within the UK restaurant industry, the emergence of the so-called "Designer restaurants". Reports the findings on the conduct of HRM from a case study of three designer restaurants. Whilst some evidence of a move away from traditional (for the restaurant industry) approaches to HRM is presented, the findings do not indicate a clear relationship between business strategy and the approach to HRM. Discusses the implications for our understanding of the relationship.

Keywords: Business Strategy; Human Resource Management; Restaurants; United Kingdom

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2001-06-20

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