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Title:The HR Consulting Entrepreneur: Firm-Builder, Market-Maker and Diffuser of HR Management Knowledge in an Emergent Business System
Author(s):Dabu, Adina
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Lawler, John J.
Department / Program:Human Resources and Industrial Relations
Discipline:Human Resources and Industrial Relations
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Organizational
Abstract:The study makes three key contributions: First, in a departure from the standard institutional approaches to the study of management practices transfer, it uses the lenses of two entrepreneurial theories of decision-making in early markets---the effectuation and the nexus of individual-opportunities approaches---to unravel how the building of HR consulting firms sets practice theorization and diffusion processes into motion in an emergent economy (Romania). Second, the investigation is empirically anchored in extensive field work, and framed in a multicase study design format. Developing an analysis framed on ground-theory lines it reveals three distinct entrepreneurial decision-making patterns that are responsible both for the formation of causal beliefs about the role of HR practices and for the build up of new market institutions that diffuses them into the broader environment. Third, the analysis illuminates the formation of preferences for new (or previously unknown) management practices. At the same time it refines our understanding of the role of entrepreneurs in the build-up of proto-institutions that further the process of HR practices diffusion in institutional contexts (including in advanced Western economies) where they are met with stiff indifference or reluctance. As such, the insights and findings of the study become the basis of a comparative research agenda that is relevant not only for transition and emerging economies but also for Western, advanced ones.
Issue Date:2009
Description:237 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3362763
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2009

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