The impact of market orientation and strategic HRM on firm performance: The case of Chinese enterprises

Liqun WEI*, Chung Ming Lau

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Abstract

This study examines market orientation as the antecedent to strategic human resource management (SHRM), and the related effects on firm performance in an emerging economy context. It is suggested that the relationship between SHRM and firm performance is moderated by ownership type and autonomy in staffing of these firms. Empirical results from a sample of Chinese firms from various industries and regions reveal that SHRM mediates the relationship between market orientation and firm performance. It is also found that the effect of SHRM on firm performance is stronger for firms with a higher degree of autonomy in staffing, and weaker for private firms. Other types of ownership (state or foreign) have no effect on this relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)980-995
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of International Business Studies
Volume39
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2008

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

User-Defined Keywords

  • China
  • Market orientation
  • Strategic HRM: firm performance

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