Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Strategic Human Resource Management implementation and organizational information processing: A multiple case study of Western Pennsylvanian oil and natural gas companies
by McCann, Ryan D., D.Sc., Robert Morris University, 2016, 131; 10133964
Abstract (Summary)

Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) has the potential to strengthen an organization in the long term by effectively leveraging the organization’s human resources to achieve the organization’s strategic goals. The problem this dissertation focuses upon is the extent to which SHRM has been implemented in oil and natural gas companies in Western Pennsylvania and whether the information needed to support SHRM is being communicated into and within these oil and natural gas companies. This included examining how HR leaders and staff are viewed in the company relative to its strategic efforts. Using Jacobson, Sowa, and Lambright’s (2014) models of SHRM implementation, three cases were examined to identify the degree to which SHRM has been implemented in the organizations. In addition, the communication of SHRM information was explored with regards to what information has been communicated, how is this information communicated, and who communicates such information. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 10 participants from three companies, including seven HR managers and employees and three non-HR managers. The interviews led the researcher to conclude that there is further opportunity for the strategic use of the HR departments and HR functions in the sampled companies. Additionally, there was an apparent lack of communication between the HR departments and the rest of the organization regarding strategic HR issues. The organizations with more traditional models of HR, with limited SHRM, demonstrated a weak focus on communicating SHRM information, as well as minimal information processing capabilities to support SHRM implementation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Allen, Stuart
Commitee: Draus, Peter J., Skovira, Robert J.
School: Robert Morris University
Department: Information Systems and Communications
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 77/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Business administration, Communication, Organization Theory
Keywords: Communication, Human resources management, Oil and natural gas, Organizational information processing theory, Strategic human resources management, Strategic planning
Publication Number: 10133964
ISBN: 9781339924663
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