Regular ArticleThe Impact of Union Elections on Human Resources Management Practices in HospitalsDeshpande, Satish P. PhDAuthor Information Department of Management, Haworth College of Business, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan Acknowledgment: The author thanks Tarkesh Veecumsee for research assistance. This research was supported by a grant from the 1998 Faculty Research and Creative Activities Support Fund, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Health Care Manager: June 2002 - Volume 20 - Issue 4 - p 27-35 Buy Abstract The purpose of this article is to explore top management's perceptions of how various human resources management (HRM) practices changed in hospitals (n = 101) after union elections. Significant increases in many HRM practices that are believed to lead to competitive advantage through human resources were reported in firms in which unions lost elections but not in firms where unions were certified. Copyright © 2002 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.