Exploring Organizational Trust as Mediator in the Relationship between HRM Practices and Organizational Performance
The management of human resources is indispensable for each organization, whether public or private including higher educational institutions. Concerning the management of human resources, there are certain globally recognized practices those which are considered as the building blocks for organizational performance and success. Along with this, some other factors are also considered as crucial elements in the success of these organizations. Among these factors, organizational trust is considered as the most critical due to its vital role in reshaping the confidence of the individuals in organizations. The trust of employees has been identified as a critical factor in defining the overall organizational behavior of the workforce. For this purpose, some hypotheses have been developed from the theoretical framework about the relationships between HRM practices (predictors) organizational performance (criterion) and the organizational trust (mediator) which were tested over the statistical tools like correlation, regression, and mediation. This study aimed to explore above-said relationships by taking higher educational institutions under consideration with teachers as respondents in the southern region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan by providing some valuable recommendations to the higher education management and the future researchers.