Power, Innovation and Problem‐Solving: The Personnel Managers’ Three Steps to Heaven?

Power, Innovation and Problem‐Solving: The Personnel Managers’ Three Steps to Heaven? ABSTRACT Legge's seminal book on personnel managers (Legge, 1978) identified ambiguities in their role, vicious circles that limited their power and possible strategies to improve their effectiveness. This paper explores how far the advent of human resource management has altered the circumstances in which they find themselves and how far it offers a new basis for power and influence. Analysis of interviews with 48 senior executives indicates that although there have been changes in features of the ambiguities and vicious circles, personnel managers have failed to overcome many of the problems identified by Legge 25 years earlier or to seize the opportunities outlined by Ulrich (1997) to become human resource champions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Management Studies Wiley

Power, Innovation and Problem‐Solving: The Personnel Managers’ Three Steps to Heaven?

Journal of Management Studies, Volume 41 (3) – May 1, 2004

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Wiley
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Copyright © 2004 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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0022-2380
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1467-6486
DOI
10.1111/j.1467-6486.2004.00438.x
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ABSTRACT Legge's seminal book on personnel managers (Legge, 1978) identified ambiguities in their role, vicious circles that limited their power and possible strategies to improve their effectiveness. This paper explores how far the advent of human resource management has altered the circumstances in which they find themselves and how far it offers a new basis for power and influence. Analysis of interviews with 48 senior executives indicates that although there have been changes in features of the ambiguities and vicious circles, personnel managers have failed to overcome many of the problems identified by Legge 25 years earlier or to seize the opportunities outlined by Ulrich (1997) to become human resource champions.

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Journal of Management StudiesWiley

Published: May 1, 2004

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