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Practitioner talk: the changing textscape of HRM and emergence of HR business partnership.

Keegan, Anne and Francis, Helen (2010) Practitioner talk: the changing textscape of HRM and emergence of HR business partnership. The International Journal of Human Resourse Management, 21 (6). pp. 873-898. ISSN 0958-5192

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It has been evident for some time in mainstream HRM writing, that HR work is largely framed as a business issue, accelerated by new developments in technology and
increasing pressures being placed on the function to enhance its contribution to the organisation, and at the same time be more cost effective. Our paper examines the implications of this, and contributes to current debate about what the redesign of HR work means for HR professional expertise, the definition of legitimate HR work activities, and changing relationships with employees and line managers. By foregrounding the language of HR practitioners as a force for change in how HR work is shaped, we deploy an approach rooted in critical discourse analysis to analyze
practitioner up-take of concepts like HR business partnership at the level of speech, and how it interacts with broader social and material practices. We examine three main discursive themes from our analysis, to argue that critical engagement with the concept of HR business partnership is warranted as the business facing facets of HRM discursively swamp other concerns, notably about employee well-being and HR’s role
in and responsibility for securing it. Keywords: business partnership; CDA (critical discourse analysis); HR; transformation

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0958-5192
Electronic ISSN: 1466-4399
Uncontrolled Keywords: business partnership; CDA (critical discourse analysis); HR; transformation;
University Divisions/Research Centres: The Business School > School of Management
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations > 658 General management
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Item ID: 5405
Depositing User: Professor Helen Francis
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2012 11:25
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2012 11:57
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/5405

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