A chameleon function? HRM in the 1990s

Veronica Hope-Hailey, Lynda Gratton, Patrick McGovern, Philip Stiles, Catherine Truss

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This article examines the changing role of the HR function in large corporations in the 1990s. It draws on data collected from a multi-sector case study research project textendash the Leading Edge Forum Consortium. Activities are analysed along three dimensions: access to strategic decision making, shift of responsibilities to the line, and the function's perceived contribution to business performance. It concludes that devolution to the line remains problematic, and that access to strategic decision making is still contingent on the personal influencing skills of senior HR managers or directors. Nevertheless the recognition of the strategic importance of HRM as a contributor to business performance has risen.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-18
Number of pages14
JournalHuman Resource Management Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 1997
Externally publishedYes

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