Quotation Rapp, Marco Leander, Brewster, Chris, Gooderham, Paul, Mayrhofer, Wolfgang. 2021. Context, institutions, and HRM – the case of non-standard work arrangements. A review and an agenda. VHB Kommission Personalwirtschaft Herbstworkshop, Düsseldorf, Deutschland, 16.09-17.09.




Over the last decades, there has been a lively debate on the convergence, divergence, or stasis of human resource management (HRM) regimes. Contextual embeddedness offers one line of explaining differences in HRM regimes. In this paper, we explore the institutional context of HRM by applying economic institutionalist theory (North, 1999) that distinguishes between formal institutions (e.g. national rules and legislation) and informal institutions (e.g. culture). In a systematic literature review, we investigate the influence of these institutions on the adoption of non-standard work arrangements (e.g. part-time contracts, remote work). Our preliminary results of the empirical evidence indicate that national regulations and cultural dimensions allow us to explain substantial differences in the prevalence of non-standard work arrangements across countries. Drawing on these preliminary findings, we offer some suggestions of how to conceptualize context and how it shapes HRM systems.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Context, institutions, and HRM – the case of non-standard work arrangements. A review and an agenda
Event VHB Kommission Personalwirtschaft Herbstworkshop
Year 2021
Date 16.09-17.09
Country Germany
Location Düsseldorf


Rapp, Marco Leander (Details)
Mayrhofer, Wolfgang (Details)
Brewster, Chris (Henley Business School, United Kingdom)
Gooderham, Paul (NHH, Norway)
Interdisciplinary Institute for Management and Organizational Behavior IN (Details)
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