Exploring the effectiveness of outsourcing recruiting and training activities, and the prospector strategy's moderating effect

Hsi-An Shih, Yun Hwa Chiang

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Abstract

This study examines the relationships between the decisions to outsource the company's recruiting and training activities and the effectiveness of these decisions. This study also argues that the decisions in outsourcing human resource management activities should align with the company's strategy. Collecting data with time lag from multiple respondents in 125 representative Taiwanese firms, we find that outsourcing recruiting is positively related to line managers' perceived human resource function effectiveness. However, we fail to find any relationship between outsourcing training and human resource effectiveness. The prospector strategy is also found to positively moderate the relationship between outsourcing recruiting and human resource effectiveness. However, the prospector strategy does not significantly moderate the relationship between outsourcing training and human resource effectiveness. Possible reasons for our findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-180
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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