This milestone Handbook brings together an impressive collection of international contributions on micro research in Organizational Behavior. Focusing on core micro Organizational Behavior issues, chapters cover key themes such as individual and group behaviour. The Sage Handbook of Organizational Behavior Volumes I provides students and scholars with an insightful and wide reaching survey of the current state of the field and is an indespensible road map to the subject area. The Sage Handbook of Organizational Behavior Volume II will publish in November 2008. Edited by Stewart R Clegg and Cary L Cooper this Handbook draws together contributions from leading macro Organizational Behavior scholars.

High-Performance Work Systems

High-performance work systems


Over the past decade, researchers have examined the use of high-performance work systems (HPWS) and the potential of HPWS for generating increased productivity and performance for organizations (Becker and Huselid, 2006; Wood and Wall, 2002). Although there is some debate about what constitutes a high-performance work system, at the broadest level it involves a strategic approach to the management of human resources such that employees at all levels have an impact on their jobs as well as the organization as a whole. HPWS are synergistic and mutually reinforcing bundles of human resources (HR) practices that are intended to improve employee performance by an increase in the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) of employees, the motivation to use those KSA, and ...

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