Organizational antecedents of firms' adoption of strategic human resource practices: Toward a reconciliation of CEO perceptions and family influence. By: Tsao, Chiung-Wen; Wang, Yi-Hsien; Chen, Shyh-Jer; Wang, Miao-Ju; Hoon, Christina; Hack, Andreas; Kellermanns, Franz W. German Journal of Human Resource Management / Zeitschrift für Personalforschung. Aug2019, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p223-248. 26p.

There is lively debate in the literature about the effects of family influence on employment practices. Particularly, little empirical research explores the role of family influence in driving a firm’s adoption of specific strategic human resource practices such as high-performance work systems. Drawing from the tenets of the resource-based and stewardship theories, this study examines the relationship between chief executive officers’ perceived human resource capability and firm adoption of high-performance work systems in family business, and the joint moderating effect of family management and ownership on the above linkage. Our analysis uses chief executive officer–human resource manager matched samples of 145 Taiwanese publicly listed firms, the results show that chief executive officers perceived human resource capability is significantly and positively associated with the adoption of high-performance work systems. Moreover, this relationship is found to be the strongest when the family assumes leadership in management (i.e. the firm has a family chief executive officer) and family ownership is high.