High Performance Work Practices: An Integrative Literature Review, Analysis, And Directions For Future Research

Richard A. Posthuma, University of Texas at El Paso


High Performance Work Practices (HPWPs) are designed to enhance employee capabilities, commitment, and productivity (Datta, Guthrie & Wright, 2005). We summarize and analyze the literature on HPWPs. We will delineate an integrative taxonomy that defines 62 categories of HPWPs based on a review of the literature. Using that taxonomy, we will compare and contrast the HPWPs that were studied most frequently in different time periods.Important insights for future research are provided.