Governance

Publications (by Dionne Pohler)

Publications (by Dionne Pohler)

Balancing Interests in the Search for Occupational Legitimacy: The HR Professionalization Project in Canada

Governance HR Profession Public Policy

Is HR a legitimate profession? Struggles HR practitioners face in gaining legitimacy in Canada and beyond.

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Balancing Interests in the Search for Occupational Legitimacy: The HR Professionalization Project in Canada

Pohler, D., & Willness, C. (2014) Balancing Interests in the Search for Occupational Legitimacy: The HR Professionalization Project in Canada. Human Resource Management, 53(3): 467-488.

Related: Pohler, D. (2014) Ontario: Please Come Back to the CCHRA. The Canadian HR Reporter, July.

Abstract: Despite broad debates surrounding how the human resource management occupation can increase its legitimacy, researchers have yet to examine the collective steps HR practitioners are taking in this regard and the extent to which they have been successful. We conduct a case study of the HR professionalization project in Canada via multisource qualitative and quantitative data, which we analyze using a unique integration of the trait and control models from the sociology of professions, as well as isomorphism from institutional theory. Viewed through the lens of these frameworks, we find that HR practitioners are attempting to emulate traits that define traditional notions of professions, and are aspiring to transcendent values associated with balancing the sometimes conflicting interests of employers and employees. Objective data from external stakeholders and institutions show that these collective strategies have been somewhat successful in garnering greater legitimacy thus far, particularly when comparisons are made with the HR professional project in the United States. We highlight numerous implications for future research and practice surrounding the legitimacy of the HR profession.

Is HR a legitimate profession? Struggles HR practitioners face in gaining legitimacy in Canada and beyond.

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2018-01-15 19:25:28

The Human Resource Department's Role and Conditions that Affect its Development: Explanations from Austrian CEOs

Governance HR Profession

How do CEOs view the role and development of the HR function?

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The Human Resource Department's Role and Conditions that Affect its Development: Explanations from Austrian CEOs

Brandl, J., & Pohler, D. (2010) The human resource department's role and conditions that affect its development: Explanations from Austrian CEOs. Human Resource Management, 49(6): 1025-1046.

Abstract: Using a qualitative approach, this study fills a void in the literature on strategic HRM by analyzing Austrian CEOs' perceptions of the role of the HR department in their organizations, and the conditions that affect the development of a strategic role. The results suggest that even if CEOs have an overall positive evaluation of their HR departments and are willing to delegate responsibility for higher-level decision-making, to develop the HR department's role, CEOs must also feel they have the scope to do so. A framework for future research and practical implications for opportunities and constraints confronting HR managers are discussed.

How do CEOs view the role and development of the HR function?

2017-01-24 20:31:18
Blogs

Blog posts (by Dionne Pohler)

Should the Human Resources Professionals Association in Ontario have left the national HR association? Find this opinion article here.

News Items

News Items

A changing workplace means changes for the HR profession. Regulators, universities and HR associations need to keep up with the changes.

Transforming HR

A changing workplace means changes for the HR profession. Regulators, universities and HR associations need to keep up with the changes.

2018-08-10
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Governance Employment Relations HR Profession Strategic HRM Transforming HR 2018-08-10 14:05:12
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