Strategic HRM and devolving HR to the line: Cochlear during the shift to lean manufacturing

Gollan, Paul, Kalfa, Senia and Xu, Ying (2015) Strategic HRM and devolving HR to the line: Cochlear during the shift to lean manufacturing. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 53 2: 144-162. doi:10.1111/1744-7941.12055


Author Gollan, Paul
Kalfa, Senia
Xu, Ying
Title Strategic HRM and devolving HR to the line: Cochlear during the shift to lean manufacturing
Journal name Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1744-7941
Publication date 2015-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1744-7941.12055
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 53
Issue 2
Start page 144
End page 162
Total pages 19
Place of publication West Sussex United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Abstract Our case study at Cochlear, a medical device manufacturer, highlights how devolving HR to the line can facilitate organisational change to lean manufacturing. Drawing on interviews and focus groups conducted with management and employees, it sheds light into the HR practices in one of the very few Australian manufacturers that are successful on an international scale. This study contributes to the debate on strategic human resource management and in particular on the role of line managers and the process and outcomes of devolving HR responsibilities to the line during an organisational-wide transformation to lean management (a form of high-performance work systems). Furthermore, we add to the increasing and significant research stream which argues that HR affects organisational performance indirectly rather than directly; hence, the focus of HR professionals should be on developing systems of support for line managers so as to ensure the consistent and equitable enactment of intended HRM practices.
Keyword Australia
Organisational change
strategic HRM
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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