HR Research

The below articles are provided as a courtesy of ResearchLink, a publication from Cornell’s Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS) which provides HR practitioners with concise, high-level overviews of research by Cornell ILR School‘s HR Studies faculty. The Cornell HR Review has partnered with CAHRS in writing these briefs which cover not only studies published in academic journals, but also the most up-to-date, completed research yet to be submitted for publication. With support from its corporate partners, CAHRS provides research funding for HRS faculty to investigate today’s most critical business, human resource, and organizational issues. ResearchLink is just one way CAHRS brings together partners and the Cornell ILR School’s world-renowned HR Studies faculty to investigate, translate and apply the latest HR research into practice excellence.

ResearchLink Studies

Should Personality Testing Be Part of the Hiring Process?

November 21, 2010

Download KEY FINDINGS · Job candidates who fail a personality test the first time often change their responses dramatically on the second test—even though adult personality is known to be generally stable and unlikely to change in the short interval (in this study, one year) between tests. · Internal candidates are more likely than external […]

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Getting to Know You: Self-awareness Is Key for High-Performing, Adaptive Teams

September 21, 2010

Download KEY FINDINGS · Role identification behaviors, or information exchanges among team members regarding individuals’ roles within a team, are crucial to the development of a team’s self awareness. · If team members do not accurately exchange information about their roles, their responsibilities and duties may be unclear, important tasks may go unaddressed, and other […]

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Understanding the New Reality of Layoffs and Helping Employees Find Solutions to Cope

August 21, 2010

Download KEY FINDINGS · In general, job tenure in the United States has shortened significantly over recent decades, particularly for relatively older male workers. · Stock prices, which used to react negatively to job loss announcements, began to react less negatively in the recent past, and now tend to react slightly positively. · CEO pay […]

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A China-based High-Performance HR System: A Model for Success

August 21, 2010

Download KEY FINDINGS · An HR system that emphasizes basic control practices and also includes commitment practices yields better business results for Chinese firms than a Western-style high-performance system. · Control HR can be thought of as traditional HR practices, such as getting employees to perform their duties and paying wages that are not closely […]

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Understanding the New Reality of Layoffs and Helping Employees Find Solutions to Cope

August 21, 2010

Download KEY FINDINGS · In general, job tenure in the United States has shortened significantly over recent decades, particularly for relatively older male workers. · Stock prices, which used to react negatively to job loss announcements, began to react less negatively in the recent past, and now tend to react slightly positively. · CEO pay […]

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Employee Compensation: Know the true costs of employment and optimize them to benefit employers, employees

June 21, 2010

Download KEY FINDINGS · While most employees—and possibly some employers—think of employee compensation primarily in terms of “wages” or “salary,” many employees’ total compensation packages add up to a significantly larger figure. · Many employees don’t understand the actual costs of their total compensation packages. · Many employers do not adequately communicate to employees the […]

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Believable or Biased? Overestimating the Impact of HR Practices on Firm Performance

April 21, 2010

Download KEY FINDINGS · HR and line managers intrinsically believe that high-performing companies have more progressive HR practices and effective HR functions. Likewise, they assume less successful companies have less effective HR functions. · Experienced people (such as senior executives with long tenure) are more likely to hold personal beliefs about the impact of HR […]

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Identify Critical Factors to Turn Workforce Satisfaction into Bottom-Line Results

April 21, 2010

Download KEY FINDINGS · While practitioners and researchers assume that higher employee satisfaction equals higher sales and profits, analysis shows that there is no direct link between the two. · Between the beginning point of employee satisfaction and the endpoint of profitability lie three crucial intervening factors: employee retention, employee responsiveness to customers, and customer […]

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