Based on Chapter 3 of Human Resource Management in a Business Context (2nd Edition, 2004) by Alan Price - published by Thomson Learning
In all the debates about the meaning, significance and practice of HRM, nothing seems
more certain than the link between HRM and performance. But is it? The opinion that high performance or high
commitment work organizations are distinctive and longlasting is commonly held. However, empirical evidence is not so
conclusive. Wall and Wood examined 25 studies and found that the evidence was 'promising but circumstantial'. They
argue that investigators should be more careful in their use of the term.
TUC attacks poor management
British management is plagued by mediocrity and short-termism, according to a 2002 TUC report which says that Britain's management culture is holding back the Government's drive to boost productivity.