Strategic HRM in North America: Looking to the future

David P. Lepak, Jason DeFrance Shaw

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Strategic human resources management (HRM) remains one of the most popular and rapidly growing areas of HRM research. In this article, we undertake a selective review of the strategic HRM literature with a particular emphasis on research from the North American context. After outlining the research landscape and areas of consensus and disagreement, we discuss several emerging issues that effective HRM systems must contend with in the future, including technological fluidity, workforce demographic changes and shifting worker values. With an eye toward future research opportunities, we also discuss the broadening of performance outcomes in strategic HRM research and highlight the importance of effectively managing HRM systems for multiple employee groups.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1486-1499
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Organizational performance
  • Strategic human resource management
  • Turnover

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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