The Antecedents of Empowerment of the Line Managers in Human Resource Activities: An Empirical Study in Large Malaysian Firms

By Yusliza Mohd.Yusoff and Hazman Shah Abdullah.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Within Strategic Human Resource Management (HRM), empowerment is sponsored as a means to seek greater purpose and value for HRM in the organization. It is claimed that the empowerment of line in HR matters, makes HR more business-minded and the line more people oriented. This study investigated this development systematically through the identification of antecedents (intensity of market competition, organizational structure, role of the HR department, and inter-functional cooperation) on empowerment of the line managers in HR activities. The data were obtained from 108 large firms through mail questionnaire survey. The informants of this study consisted of HR and line managers. Returned questionnaires only included organizations which were represented by HR manager and at least one line manager. Hypotheses were tested using hierarchical multiple regression analysis. The findings indicated that business partner role, employee champion role, and inter-functional cooperation had positive relationship with empowerment of the line. Additionally, it was found that centralization is negatively related to empowerment of the line. Contrary to expectations, intensity of market competition, formalization, and administrative expert role were not significantly related to empowerment of the line. The practical implications of the study as well as suggestions for future studies are also presented.

Keywords: Antecedents, Empowerment of the Line, Large Firms, Malaysia

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.97-112. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 692.263KB).

Dr. Yusliza Mohd.Yusoff

Senior Lecturer, International Business, School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden, Penang, Malaysia

Yusliza Mohd. Yusoff is a senior lecturer at the School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia. Her current research interests include repatriation adjustment, cross-cultural adjustment, HR roles, HRM effectiveness, and empowerment. She has published in several international journals such as Singapore Management Review, International Journal of Management, International Journal of Business and Management, Computer and Information Science, International Journal of Business and Society, Journal of International Business and Entrepreneurship, International Journal of Management and Entrepreneurship, and Journal of International Studies. She also has presented and published her research papers in several local and international conferences.

Dr. Hazman Shah Abdullah

Professor, Faculty of Administrative Science and Policy Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Hazman is a Professor at the Faculty of Administrative Science and Policy Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. He teaches and researches Strategic HRM, quality and service management issues in both private and public sectors. His current areas of research are in governance of quality certifications, talent management and strategic alignment in higher education, and governance and service quality paradox in government. His writing appears in Malaysian Management Review, Asian Public Administration Review, International Journal of Business Research, Asian Social Science Journal, International Journal of Reliability and Quality Management, etc.

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