The Impact of 'Narco-terrorism' on HRM

Jacobo Ramirez, Sergio Madero, Carlos Muñiz

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    Abstract

    This paper presents a mixed-method study that explores the configuration of human resource management (HRM) systems in “narco-terrorism” environments. The quantitative analysis focuses on 204 news stories. In addition, 25 interviews were conducted with managers and HR professionals at 20 firms in Mexico to explore the direct and indirect impacts of narco-terrorism on firms. Our analysis of firms’ responses in terms of HRM systems indicate that trust of formal and informal institutions seems to shape HRM system in the focal firms. More specifically, a combination of strict employee control, an emphasis on soft-skills training and development, and a flexible work schedule seems to facilitate the building of trust in narco-terrorism contexts. It seems that the role of firms as social institutions integrate strategies, which seems to aim at avoid and manipulate the institutional constraints. Our findings highlight the importance of reinforcing values, such as trust, openness, and participation to develop a strong HRM system in violent driven environments. We examine the various effects of institutional contextual factors on the operation of HRM systems and practices.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
    PublisherCopenhagen Business School [wp]
    Number of pages46
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    SeriesCBDS Working Paper
    Number3
    Volume2014

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    Ramirez, J., Madero, S., & Muñiz, C. (2014). The Impact of 'Narco-terrorism' on HRM. Copenhagen Business School [wp]. CBDS Working Paper, No. 3, Vol.. 2014