In search of legitimacy: Personnel management associations worldwide

In considering the development of the HR 'profession', there has been little exploration of the role of the professional association. This is particularly true looking across national boundaries, raising questions about the impact and extent of homogeneity of personnel management association activities. It is argued that professional associations have a legitimising role to play in establishing a specialist body of knowledge, regulating practice and providing a source of internal and external identity for practitioners. A recent worldwide survey of personnel management associations found that, although associations are active in these areas, there is a lack of mandatory control and regulation across the profession, diluting the legitimacy accorded by such activities. Association activities were also found to be largely generic across countries, resulting from inter-association collaboration, although different contexts result in different outcomes.

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Work Title In search of legitimacy: Personnel management associations worldwide
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  1. Elaine Farndale
  2. Chris Brewster
  1. HR practitioners
  2. Professionalism
  3. Personnel management associations
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  1. Human Resource Management Journal
Publication Date August 24, 2006
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