IACMR Research Seminar Series #48

Title: Meta-analytic extension of the mediating mechanisms in strategic HRM
: Riki Takeuchi, The University of Texas at Dallas
Host: Jie (Jasmine) Feng, Rutgers University
: 9:00- 10:15 am, May 22, 2024 (China Time, UTC+8) 
Language: English 
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Prior research has demonstrated that high investment human resource system (HIHRS) affects firm outcomes (e.g., financial performance) via different pathways and cultural values moderate the relationship between HIHRS and “business” performance. Nonetheless, this conclusion may be incomplete as we do not yet know whether a cultural value’s (e.g., individualism/collectivism) impact is more critical and pervasive than what has been shown in prior research. We advance our understanding of strategic human resource management literature by integrating and extending Jiang et al.’s (2012) and Rabl et al.’s (2014) meta-analyses to explicate the important moderating roles played by individualism/collectivism cultural values (societal institutional collectivism and societal in-group collectivism with both “as is” and “should be” values) more deeply through the application of signaling theory. The results, based on 185 papers (representing 189 independent samples) across about 26 “countries” and involving 102,222 “organizations”, revealed that each path within the mediated linkages from HIHRS to firm performance (the moderating effects on the linkage between firm performance and market performance was excluded due to not enough studies) was affected by individualism/collectivism whereby the relationships from overall HIHRS to workforce outcomes to HR-related outcomes to firm outcomes were stronger in collectivistic (versus individualistic) cultures, generally speaking. Our study provides additional insights into the important roles of cultural values (individualism/collectivism, in particular) play in moderating these mediated pathways, which has significant implications for HR managers in international companies and managers of diverse workforces.  

Speaker’s Bio

Riki Takeuchi currently holds Dr. Joseph Picken Distinguished Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Naveen Jindal School of Management. He is an elected fellow of American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Prior to this appointment, he was a full professor at Hong Kong University of Science & Technology where he had started his career in January, 2004. He received his PhD in Human Resources Management from University of Maryland, College Park in December, 2003, and received Early Career Contribution Award from SIOP in 2010. He has served as an associate editor for Academy of Management Journal (2013-2016) and is serving as an associate editor for Journal of International Business Studies (2023-2026). His current research revolves around strategic human resource management/human capital, international/cross-cultural adjustment, and social exchange relationships at work.