Human Resource Management of the Best-Fit and its Implications

16 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2010

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Heike Nolte

University of Applied Sciences Emden-Leer

Date Written: December 5, 2010


This article with the title "Human resource management of the Best-Fit and its implications" discusses the contingency and configurational schools in strategic human resource management, summarized as the "Best-Fit Approach". It concludes that the Best-Fit approach helps the practitioner to see the idiosyncrasy of the firm and prevents her from adapting management fashions or ostensible Best-Practices in an unreflected way, but is of limited value beyond this. From a technical point of view, the issue of statistical artifacts is raised.

In order to discuss the best-fit approach the article starts by embedding human resource management in the resource-based view of strategic management. The view of human resource management used in this article is documented. The universalistic, contingency and configurational perspectives are briefly introduced, with a focus on the Best-Practice and the Best-Fit approaches. A comparison of international settings shows the limits of the best-practice approach. The dynamics resulting for human resource management from a best-fit thinking are stressed.

Note: Downloadable document is in German.

Keywords: strategic human resource management, resource based view, best-practice, best-fit

JEL Classification: M12

Suggested Citation

Nolte, Heike, Human Resource Management of the Best-Fit and its Implications (December 5, 2010). Available at SSRN: or

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