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The strategic value of e-HRM: results from an exploratory study in a governmental organization

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This paper presents results from an exploratory study in a governmental organization on the strategic value of electronic human resource management (e-HRM). By applying the organizational capabilities approach, and by means of mixed research methods, data were collected on two generally acclaimed strategic advantages of e-HRM: changing the role of the human resource (HR) function towards becoming a business partner; and increasing the time available for strategic HR issues. The findings show that these strategic advantages are not convincingly realized. While HR professionals perceived role changes, line managers and non-managerial employees in general did not. The frequency of e-HRM practise was low, although it was satisfactorily used as intended. Interviewees stated that strategic advantages might arise if certain conditions are met. E-HRM does however provide some unintended benefits. The findings suggest that e-HRM alone is not sufficient to enable the HR function to create dynamic and operational capabilities. Suggestions for further research are provided.
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Keywords: Oracle HR; RBV; e-HRM; mixed methods research; organizational capabilities; strategic value

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Management and Governance, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

Publication date: 01 January 2013

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