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Human resource management practices and organizational commitment: research methods, issues and future directions (2001-2016)

Badrinarayan Srirangam Ramaprasad (School of Management, Manipal University, Manipal, India)
Nandan Prabhu K.P. (School of Management, Manipal University, Manipal, India)
Sethumadhavan Lakshminarayanan (School of Management, Manipal University, Manipal, India)
Yogesh P. Pai (School of Management, Manipal University, Manipal, India)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 17 October 2017

Issue publication date: 15 November 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to outline the various research methods adopted by researchers in studies that have investigated the relationship between human resource management (HRM) practices and organizational commitment (OC).

Design/methodology/approach

The authors adopted a comprehensive review that covers empirical research on HRM-OC relationship, which was published between 2001 and 2016 in international peer-reviewed journals. A total of 63 empirical studies were included in this review. Authors adopted content analysis to synthesize the findings on the adopted research methods.

Findings

This review clearly indicates the excessive reliance of researchers on specific research methods (i.e. surveys, individual-level analysis, and cross-sectional design). However, there is a steady increase in empirical studies that have adopted mixed-method, multi-actor, and multi-level research designs.

Originality/value

This review has attempted to explore advanced research methods that may offer assistance to overcome methodological limitations of the current HRM-OC literature.

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Citation

Srirangam Ramaprasad, B., Prabhu K.P., N., Lakshminarayanan, S. and Pai, Y.P. (2017), "Human resource management practices and organizational commitment: research methods, issues and future directions (2001-2016)", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 49 No. 6, pp. 277-287. https://doi.org/10.1108/ICT-05-2017-0033

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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