Guest editors’ introduction: is the HRM process important? Past, current, and future challenges

Karin Sanders, Helen Shipton, Jorge F.S. Gomes

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Ten years ago, Bowen and Ostroff (2004) criticized the one-sided focus on the content-based approach, where researchers take into account the inherent virtues (or vices) associated with the content of HR practices to explain performance. They explicitly highlight the role of the psychological processes through which employees attach meaning to HRM. In this first article of the special section entitled “Is the HRM Process Important?” we present an overview of past, current, and future challenges. For past challenges, we attempt to categorize the various research streams that originated from the seminal piece. To outline current challenges, we present the results of a content analysis of the original 15 articles put forward for the special section. In addition, we provide the overview of a caucus focused on this theme that was held at the Academy of Management annual meeting in Boston in 2012. In conclusion, we discuss future challenges relating to the HRM process approach and review the contributions that have been selected—against a competitive field—for this special issue
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-503
Number of pages15
JournalHuman Resource Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2014


  • HRM process
  • attribution theory
  • employee perceptions


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