Organizational Knowledge and Change: The Role of Transformational HRIS

Huub Ruel, Rodrigo Magalhaes

Abstract

Research on HRIS has uncovered different types of HR systems, namely operational, relational and transformational. Each type of HRIS addresses a particular organizational problem and must be researched with a particular type of research design. In this paper the issue of transformational HRIS is addressed with the emphasis being placed on the need to associate this type of system with the broader concerns of organizational knowledge and its impact on the competitiveness of business. Such a link is achieved through a conceptual tools named the Organizational Knowledge Cycle and illustrated by the re-visitation of the case of Dow Chemicals’ People Success System (PSS) in the Benelux [7].

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Ruel H. and Magalhaes R. (2008). Organizational Knowledge and Change: The Role of Transformational HRIS . In Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Human Resource Information Systems - Volume 1: HRIS, (ICEIS 2008) ISBN 978-989-8111-47-0, pages 111-123. DOI: 10.5220/0001744001110123


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@conference{hris08,
author={Huub Ruel and Rodrigo Magalhaes},
title={Organizational Knowledge and Change: The Role of Transformational HRIS},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Human Resource Information Systems - Volume 1: HRIS, (ICEIS 2008)},
year={2008},
pages={111-123},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0001744001110123},
isbn={978-989-8111-47-0},
}


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TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Human Resource Information Systems - Volume 1: HRIS, (ICEIS 2008)
TI - Organizational Knowledge and Change: The Role of Transformational HRIS
SN - 978-989-8111-47-0
AU - Ruel H.
AU - Magalhaes R.
PY - 2008
SP - 111
EP - 123
DO - 10.5220/0001744001110123