ERIC Number: ED408484
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
From Admin to Strategy: The Changing Face of the HR Function. IES Report 332.
Tamkin, Penny; And Others
Evidence from academic research and management experts in the United Kingdom and elsewhere confirms that the recent focus in work organizations on cost reductions through downsizing has changed the roles and structures of many human resources (HR) units. HR units have had to prove their contribution to the organization's bottom line, raise their profile, and be seen as adding value to the organization. In some organizations, HR professionals are being expected to assume a full range of strategic involvement--from setting strategy for the organization to creating strategy in the absence of a firm business plan. In other organizations, they are expected to function as consultants. The extensive changes occurring in organizations have had an impact on HR units themselves. Most HR units are now smaller and refocused on customers' needs. The most common organizational change in HR delivery has been to concentrate the strategic function and roles within a corporate center, with operational support delivered through divisional support units. Because some HR units now have less direct power, their influence has been reduced. The market environment within which some units now operate adds a further barrier to meaningful partnership. (Contains 67 references and 11 figures.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Change Strategies, Consultants, Delivery Systems, Employment Practices, Foreign Countries, Human Resources, Labor Force Development, Models, Organizational Change, Personnel Directors, Trend Analysis, Work Environment
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sussex Univ., Brighton (England). Inst. for Employment Studies.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom