Mind the gap – a comparative analysis of (in-)congruences in HRD role perception
Poell, Rob F.
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AbstractInspired by role conceptualisations and calls to rethink and reshape activities and competences of professionally qualified HRD practitioners, we examine HRD’s role and its associated activities through established versions of role theory. We ask: To what extent is there congruence in role expectations of HRD practitioners and other stakeholders? We study this question by interviewing 71 HRD practitioners and non-HRD managers across 16 organisations in three countries (US/UK/NL) and by analysing their responses on HRD role expectations and perceptions, congruences and incongruences. We map our findings on a 2 × 2 matrix and find that only a small number of organisations see professional HRD practitioners as strategic partners; most organisations find themselves within a more operational HRD role definition, or somewhere ‘on the fence’, with mixed ideas of role perceptions. Yet, a few organisations struggle to find alignment on HRD’s strategic aspirations and how those play out in practice. While our findings highlight the progress that HRD practice has made towards strategic partnership, we conclude that many HRD practitioners struggle to gain a seat at the table. We close our paper by discussing implications for HRD practice and scholarship.
CitationLundgren, H., Stewart, J., Kah, S., Jones, J., Poell, R.F., Hamlin, R.G. and Scully-Russ, E. (2023) Mind the gap – a comparative analysis of (in-)congruences in HRD role perception. Human Resource Development International. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2023.2244711
JournalHuman Resource Development International
DescriptionThis is an author's accepted manuscript of an article published by Routledge in Human Resource Development International on 29/08/2023, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2023.2244711 The accepted manuscript may differ from the final published version.
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