HR department professionalism: A comparison between the UK and other European countries

Although HRM professionalism in terms of the competence of individual HR practitioners receives considerable attention, the collective professional behaviour of HR departments in organizations is more frequently overlooked. This paper, based on Europe-wide survey data, attempts to bridge this gap in our understanding by examining HR department professionalism in terms of strategic involvement in corporate activities. Findings for the UK indicate that HR departments as a whole demonstrate limited professional behaviour and that this situation has remained largely stable over the last decade. However, variations between national contexts are notable. A key observation is the consistently significant positive correlation in the UK between board membership and the department's level of strategic involvement.

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The International Journal of Human Resource Management on 2005-05-01, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09585190500082626.

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Work Title HR department professionalism: A comparison between the UK and other European countries
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Creators
  1. Elaine Farndale
Keyword
  1. Human Resources department
  2. Professionalism
  3. Board membership
  4. European comparisons
License CC BY-NC 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial)
Work Type Article
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  1. The International Journal of Human Resource Management
Publication Date February 17, 2007
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  1. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585190500082626
Deposited September 11, 2023

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    Keyword
    • Human Resources department, Professionalism, Board membership, European comparisons
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    • International Journal of Human Resource Management
    • The International Journal of Human Resource Management
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    • 2005-05-01
    • 2007-02-17
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