The changing face of HR: in search of balance.

Francis, Helen and Keegan, Anne (2006) The changing face of HR: in search of balance. Human Resource Management Journal, 16 (3). pp. 231-249. ISSN 09545395

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Current models of HRM suggest that expectations about HR roles are changing as organisations are striving to make the HR function leaner and more `strategic'. In our article we explore the changing roles of HRM as they are perceived by different stakeholder groups within the HR profession through the medium of a study examining the diffusion of the concept of `the thinking performer' launched by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 2002. We explain how the concept of business partnering dominates respondents' talk about HR policy and practice and raise questions about the impact of this in terms of HRM's relationship with employees, employee well-being and the career paths of HR professionals. We argue that the profession needs to reflect seriously on the consequences of a dominant business/strategic partner framing of HR work, which fails to address the duality that has historically always been inherent in HR practice. We conclude that there is a need for a more balanced HR agenda addressing human and economic concerns in current and future models of HRM.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 09545395
Uncontrolled Keywords: thinking performer; HRM; organizational behaviour; business partnering;
University Divisions/Research Centres: The Business School > School of Management and Law
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 302 Social interaction
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 331 Labor economics
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Item ID: 2069
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2008 14:53
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2013 14:20

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