Web-Based Organizing in Traditional Brick-and-Mortar Companies: The Impact on HR
Jaap Paauwe (Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands), Elaine Farndale (Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands) and Roger Williams (Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Copyright: © 2005
This chapter introduces the notion of how old-economy brick-and-mortar firms are adapting their HRM policies and practices and the roles of their HR departments in light of newly introduced Web-based business-to-business transaction practices. It argues that the Internet has introduced three new business models in old-economy companies: the Internet as a marketplace, the Internet as a supply chain integrator, and the Internet as a catalyst for business model redefinition. These innovative ways of organizing are providing HR with opportunities to rise to new challenges and increase their added value to the firm.