To be strategic in the new public sector, HR must remember its operational activities

Stephen T. T. Teo, John J. Rodwell

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This article examines the level of operational and strategic involvement by human resource departments, the influence of HR departments, and the level of strategic integration as predictors of human resource management per-formance. Surveys from 146 senior line managers and HR executives in com-mercialized and noncommercialized public-sector agencies in Australia were the basis of organizational- and individual-level analyses. Results indicate positive relationships between the degree to which operational HR activities are transferred to line managers, HR influence, strategic integration, and the performance of the HRM function. Interestingly, no relationship was found between the level of strategic involvement by HR departments and the per-ceived performance of the function. Analysis of the individual-level data sup-ports the multiple-constituency approach to HRM, with differences in the evaluation of HRM by respondents from different job functions. The study highlights challenges faced by HR practitioners needing to be operational, to be valued strategically. © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-284
JournalHuman Resource Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2007
Externally publishedYes


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