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Hidden in plain sight? The human resource management practitioner's role in dealing with workplace conflict as a source of organisational–professional power

Roper, Ian and Higgins, Paul (2020) 'Hidden in plain sight? The human resource management practitioner's role in dealing with workplace conflict as a source of organisational–professional power.' Human Resource Management Journal. ISSN 0954-5395

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Abstract

This article examines the perceived importance of human resource (HR) practitioners' role as ‘organisational professionals’ at national and organisational levels. Informed by institutionalist theory and drawing upon interviews at national and organisational levels, a dissonance is identified in the degree to where HR's non‐substitutable expertise lies. It is concluded that HR's role in dealing with workplace conflict is under‐recognised at national level as it does not fit with the proactive ‘strategic’ narrative seen to be what HR needs to achieve to be influential. At organisational level, however, conflict management is a source of power because, unlike many other HR roles—valued as they may be—conflict management is the role that can least be substituted by non‐specialist HR practitioners because of its unpredictability.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: conflict, HR Function, HR Profession, Institutional Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2020 14:45
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2020 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28333

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