Why Fit Doesn't Always Matter:The Impact of HRM and Cultural Fit on Job Involvement of Kenyan Employees

Nyambegera, Stephen, Daniels, Kevin and Sparrow, Paul (2001) Why Fit Doesn't Always Matter:The Impact of HRM and Cultural Fit on Job Involvement of Kenyan Employees. Applied Psychology, 50 (1). pp. 109-140. ISSN 0269-994X

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Abstract

The study investigates whether fit of human resources management (HRM) policies with employees’ preferences in developing countries of sub-Saharan Africa, with specific reference to Kenya, impacts on levels of job involvement. We argue that the contextual variables in developing countries are varied and complex to the extent that organisations operating in these milieux might find that ‘fit’ as presented in the literature from developed economies does not matter. Further, we examine the role of individual value orientations and organisation value fit to look for a link with job involvement. The study contends that the use of simple difference scores to measure fit is inadequate, and adopts Edwards’ (1994) regression technique to analyse fit. Overall, the results indicate that the person–environment (HRM preference with actual policy practice) fit model can partially predict job involvement in a developing country context, but in a way that is not consistent with theory. However, job involvement is not related strongly to either the convergence of an individual’s values with those of others in the organisation, or convergence of HRM policies with individual preferences. It is the values themselves—not their fit—that are most predictive of job involvement.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Employment Systems and Institutions
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2013 13:04
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2018 16:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/45214
DOI: 10.1111/1464-0597.00050

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