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Keeping Time in Planned, Participative Organisational Change: Hard or Soft HRM

Puchala, Naomi M. & Waterhouse, Jennifer M. (2008) Keeping Time in Planned, Participative Organisational Change: Hard or Soft HRM. In Stanton, Pauline & Young, Suzanne (Eds.) 22nd Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand - Workers, Corporations and Community: Facing Choices for a Sustainable Future, 6 - 8 February, 2008, Melbourne, Australia.

Abstract

Time is inherent in organisational change, yet little research has investigated employee perceptions and experiences of time within planned change events. The paper uses a case study of an organisation undertaking a rapid, participatory change to explore employee perceptions of change pace and notions of managerial control. Using Legge's (1998) dichotomy of 'hard' and 'soft' HRM, the paper analyses the findings. It is concluded that the outcomes of so-called 'soft' HRM elements of teamwork and participation can be controlled through the 'hard' element of a strict time line for results. Such timelines are shown to be a mechanism through which to gain organisational commitment and drive direction despite employee awareness of the duplicity of the control.

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ID Code: 15228
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Organisational Change, HRM, Human Resource Management
ISBN: 9780980476606
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Industrial Relations (150306)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 17 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 15:45

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