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J Appl Psychol. 2007 Jul;92(4):1069-83.

An empirical examination of the mechanisms mediating between high-performance work systems and the performance of Japanese organizations.

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Department of Management of Organizations, School of Business and Management, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR.


The resource-based view of the firm and social exchange perspectives are invoked to hypothesize linkages among high-performance work systems, collective human capital, the degree of social exchange in an establishment, and establishment performance. The authors argue that high-performance work systems generate a high level of collective human capital and encourage a high degree of social exchange within an organization, and that these are positively related to the organization's overall performance. On the basis of a sample of Japanese establishments, the results provide support for the existence of these mediating mechanisms through which high-performance work systems affect overall establishment performance.

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