This article aims to examine the effects of the best value policy initiative on the human resource function in Scottish local government. The article examines whether best value provides the human resource function with the opportunity and ability to perform strategically, rather than in a reactive and opportune manner. In addition, it will examine whether the policy will enable the human resource (HR) function to move from the mechanistic, repetitive activities HR specialists report consume their time, towards the "softer", more consultative tasks associated with the HR function.
International Journal of Public Sector Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Dec 1, 2000
Keywords: Scotland; Human resource management; Service levels
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