High Performance Organization (HPO) characteristics indicate why an organization is
able to achieve significantly better results than other organizations and these
characteristics can facilitate associations to optimize employees’ work outcomes. The
independent professional (IP) is an increasingly occurring phenomenon in the labor
market that fulfils an organizations’ need for flexibility in knowledge productivity.
This study focuses on the contribution of HPO characteristics to the knowledge
productivity of IP's. It was conducted among managers and HRM professionals in
various Dutch knowledge-intensive organizations that frequently enlist the services of
IPs. This study found a number of HPO attributes that appeared to contribute to the
IPs' knowledge productivity, namely the quality of management, an open and actionfocused
organizational culture, and continual improvement and innovation. We will
use these results to look ahead and consider the future consequences for professional
practice. Managers and HRM professionals should strive to contribute to the
incorporation of these characteristics within the organization in order to safeguard and
enhance knowledge productivity of independent professionals.