Internal integration within human resource management subsystems

Aviv Kidron, Shay S. Tzafrir, Ilan Meshulam, Roderick D. Iverson

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Purpose: The purpose of the study is to develop a deeper understanding of the construct "integration within the HRM subsystem". The study attempts to shed light on the conceptual perspective, the characteristics of this construct as well as the meaning and the mechanisms of internal integration within a HRM subsystem. Design/methodology/approach: The procedure involves three main steps: first data reduction followed by data display and conclusion drawing/verification. Semi-structured, face-to-face interviews with 21 vice-president HRM managers and senior managers were conducted. The average time of the interviews was 60 minutes. Findings: The findings revealed a model composed of HRM infrastructure (HRM cooperative policy, integrative core competence, and integrative technological infrastructure), internal communication process (formal and informal) and integrating process (consistency of HRM practices at the subsystem and individual levels). The first two categories are related with the dependent category-integrating process. Practical implications: HRM subsystems should develop their integrative technological infrastructure so that they can have a wide-ranging view about their activities. Also, informal mechanisms may enhance the integrating process, as well as the formal mechanisms. Thus, managers should support and encourage the informal climate, and facilitate especially on informal communication. Originality/value: The findings suggest a new approach for analyzing the integration process within an organizational HR sub-system. On the one hand, the continuity of integration demonstrates how each category may contribute to the integration process on a high level. On the other, the low level of each category illustrates the opposite side of integration.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)699-719
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Managerial Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2013


  • Human resource management
  • Human resource strategies
  • Integration
  • Managers
  • Organizational analysis

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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