Reconceptualising absorptive capacity to explain the e-enablement of the HR function (e-HR)

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    Abstract

    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to ask why some organizations might be better than others at continuous innovation in the field of e-enablement of human resource (e-HR).

    Design/methodology/approach – To answer this question, the notion of absorptive capacity (ACAP) is applied to explain some of the problems faced in moving from face-to-face HR to a technology-mediated model.

    Findings – Dynamic ACAP models are adapted to produce a more realistic, iterative framework in which realized capacities for e-HR innovations contribute to, and constrain, potential capacities for further innovations.

    Research limitations/implications – The model is used to offer some research propositions for academics operating in this newly emerging field of human resource management (HRM).

    Practical implications – Some theory-driven advice are also offered for HR practitioners.

    Originality/value – The specific contribution is to introduce the concept of ACAP to HRM scholars and practitioners interested in the field of e-HR and Web 2.0 social media.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)515-537
    Number of pages23
    JournalEmployee Relations
    Volume31
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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