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Mind the Gap – A Comparative Analysis of (In-)Congruences in HRD Role Perception

Lundgren, H, Stewart, J, Kah, S, Jones, J, Poell, R, Hamlin, R and Scully-Russ, E (2023) Mind the Gap – A Comparative Analysis of (In-)Congruences in HRD Role Perception. Human Resource Development International. ISSN 1367-8868

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Inspired 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 2x2 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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Human Resource Development International on 29 Aug 2023 available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2023.2244711
Uncontrolled Keywords: HRD practitioners, role theory, role perception, (in-)congruences, business managers, strategic HRD; 1503 Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Business & Management (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2023 10:47
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2023 14:45
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/13678868.2023.2244711
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20906
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