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Strategic people management of coal mining firms in Central Queensland

Zheng, Connie, Rolfe, John, Di Milia, Lee and Bretherton, Phil 2007, Strategic people management of coal mining firms in Central Queensland, Management research news, vol. 30, no. 9, pp. 689-704.

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Title Strategic people management of coal mining firms in Central Queensland
Author(s) Zheng, Connie
Rolfe, John
Di Milia, Lee
Bretherton, Phil
Journal name Management research news
Volume number 30
Issue number 9
Start page 689
End page 704
Publisher Emerald
Place of publication Bradford, England
Publication date 2007
ISSN 0140-9174
1758-6135
Keyword(s) Australia
business performance
coal mining
human resource management
strategic management
Summary Purpose – This paper aims to propose a conceptual framework to explore the link between strategic human resource management (SHRM) and firm performance of the coal mining companies in Central Queensland (CQ), Australia.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper reviews literature relating to the process and issues of transforming human resource practices and industrial relations of the coal industry in Australia for the past decade. Theoretical development and empirical studies on the SHRM-performance linkage are discussed. Based on the literature review, the paper develops an integrated model for testing the relationship between SHRM and firm performance in the context of CQ's coalmines and proposes a number of research propositions.

Findings – Three perceivable outcomes are likely derived from application of this framework in the field. First, a testing of the linkage between strategic HRM and firm performance in the coal industry, using an integrated approach, would complement the empirical deficiency of treatments on the prior SHRM models. Second, data at firm level could be collected to develop a better understanding of how the adoption of strategic HRM practices in coal companies can affect firm performance. Third, the extent of flexibility practices, use of contractors and associated management practices could be identified.

Originality/value – The coal industry is central to economic development of regional Queensland. The industry contributes substantially to GDP via employment, investment and product export. An exploration of the impact of SHRM on the coal industry will likely result in identifying some best practices that could be potentially adopted in the wider business community to foster regional economic development in Australia and worldwide.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner. The final published version is available from the journal homepage www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=1623659&show=abstract
Language eng
Field of Research 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio Economic Objective 910402 Management
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30032767

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