How effective human resource management promotes corporate entrepreneurship: evidence from China

Guiyao Tang*, Liqun Wei*, Ed Snape, Ying Chu Ng

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Strategic human resource management (SHRM) represents a set of HRM practices that are aligned with firm strategies. The relationship between SHRM and organizational performance has been extensively examined; however, whether and how SHRM influences corporate entrepreneurship remains unknown. Based on the resource-based perspective, this study examined a model linking SHRM with corporate entrepreneurship. The importance of HRM people's political skill for a firm's development of devolved management through SHRM implementation was also examined. Data from a survey of 201 Chinese manufacturing firms confirm a significant relationship between SHRM and corporate entrepreneurship and that the relationship is partially mediated by a devolved management style. The relationship between SHRM and devolved management was shown to be stronger for firms with more politically skillful HRM people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1586-1601
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number12
Early online date12 Sept 2014
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2015

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

User-Defined Keywords

  • corporate entrepreneurship
  • devolved management
  • political skill
  • strategic human resource management


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