A holistic framework for the strategic management of first tier managers.

Martins, Lola-Peach (2007) A holistic framework for the strategic management of first tier managers. Management Decision, 45 (3). pp. 616-641. ISSN 0025-1747


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Purpose – The intention of this research paper is to shed light on the key factors influencing the human resource management (HRM) performance of first tier managers (FTMs), and the vital importance that a holistic strategic framework1 can have in this regard. Design/methodology/approach - The research paper uses an up to date historical approach, and additionally, draws on detailed case study evidence from an aerospace manufacturing/engineering company via manually and electronically analysed in-depth semi-structured interview and company documentation. Findings - The case study findings reveal that the FTM’s HRM performance is greatly influenced by a group of four key factors, and their interrelationships: Research limitations – The literature survey was mainly industry specific (manufacturing), and the sample was restricted to one sector (areospace), as well as one case study organisation. Furthermore, the views of FTMs’ staff are not directly represented. Originality – The FTM’s HRM role shows no signs of abating; in addition, questions regarding their performance of this role have increasingly emerged. This has become more evident as organisations have continued to expand the FTM’s role by devolving greater HRM responsibilities to them, and their performance of the role demonstrates that many FTMs are ill equipped to perform their HRM duties to the required standard. However, the vital importance that a holistic strategic framework (which encompasses the four key factors influencing their performance) can have on their performance of this role is not acknowledged. The present research paper, gives an empirical example of a case study, and therefore provides a springboard to address the weakness in the literature.

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Research Areas:A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
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