Unraveling HRM: Identity, Ceremony, and Control in a Management Consulting Firm.

Alvesson, M. and Karreman, D. (2007) Unraveling HRM: Identity, Ceremony, and Control in a Management Consulting Firm.. Organization Science, 18 4: 711-723. doi:10.1287/orsc.1070.0267

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Author Alvesson, M.
Karreman, D.
Title Unraveling HRM: Identity, Ceremony, and Control in a Management Consulting Firm.
Journal name Organization Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1047-7039
Publication date 2007-07-01
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1287/orsc.1070.0267
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 18
Issue 4
Start page 711
End page 723
Total pages 13
Place of publication Hanover, Md.
Publisher INFORMS
Language eng
Subject 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
Abstract This paper addresses human resources management (HRM) systems and practices in a large multinational management consultancy firm. The firm invests considerable resources in HRM, and is frequently praised by employees for its accomplishments in hiring, developing, and promotion. However, this general faith in HRM does not align particularly well with employees' experiences and perceptions of the specific HRM practices in the firm. The paper critically interprets the meaning and the functions of the HRM system and the beliefs supporting it. The paper suggests a reinterpretation of HRM systems and practices based on a cultural-symbolic perspective. It introduces the concepts of excess ceremonialism, identity projects, and aspirational control to highlight and interpret the significance of organizational symbolism in accounting for the role of HRM systems and practices, and the various effects of HRM systems and practices on employee identity and compliance. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Q-Index Code C1

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