From 'Tucked Away' to 'Joined at the Hip': Understanding the Evolving Relationships within the HRBP Model in a Regional Energy Company.

Martin McCracken, Norma Heaton

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Many authors have studied how the HRM function has evolved. A fundamental recurring theme in the literature centres upon the role HRM should play to ensure it adds real value to organisations. This article seeks to contribute to the ongoing debate surrounding the HRM role by reporting findings from case study research carried out in an organisation that has recently restructured its HRM function towards the Human Resource Business Partnership model. Through interviewing key stakeholders in the organisation, our aim was to understand the roles which HRM professionals play and the key stakeholders with whom they have relationships. Evidence suggests that, as a result of the restructuring, the HRM function has a more strategic and integrated position with many viewing HRM professionals and advisors as valued business partners. However, we also noted some important ambiguities, tensions and role conflicts amongst the key parties involved in the partnership, which suggests that further work is required to fully clarify the role of the HRM function in this organisation and to ensure that relationships continue to evolve successfully.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-198
JournalHuman Resource Management Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Apr 2012

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