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High performance work systems and organizational performance: an empirical study of Taiwan's semiconductor design firms

Chin-Ju Tsai
International Journal of Human Resource Management, 17, 9, 1512-1530


This paper presents a study examining the relationship between high performance work systems (HPWS) and organizational performance in Taiwan's semiconductor design industry. The hypotheses are tested by matching and analysing data collected from field interviews with 21 HR managers and surveys of 21 senior operations managers and 1,129 employees. The results of the statistical analysis demonstrate that the effective use of employee empowerment practices is positively related to organizational performance.