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The Value of HRM


by Mahesh Subramony

Mahesh Subramony

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In the century since its inception, the human resource management (HRM) profession has grown from an initial group of 50 or so employment managers to more than 250,000 professionals worldwide, according to SIOP blogger Mahesh Subramony. However, the issue of legitimacy or more precisely “value,” appears to continue haunting this profession.

In his first post for the SIOP Exchange, Subramony discusses the challenges HRM professionals must face in proving they are adding value to organizations.

For instance, he highlights Keith Hammond’s 1997 article provocatively titled Why We Hate HR, which characterizes this profession as “at best, a necessary evil -- and at worst, a dark bureaucratic force that blindly enforces nonsensical rules, resists creativity, and impedes constructive change.”

“Most professionals would agree that the creation or at the least the addition of value are central to any profession and few would proudly declare their adherence to a ‘value subtraction’ code,” Subramony explains in his blog post. “HRM is no exception. The difficulty appears to be with regard to the definition of value. Specifically, who defines value (employees, line managers, HR employees, shareholders)?I s value organization specific (and therefore variable), or is it universal? How is value measured? And how should the HRM professional proceed when confronted with conflicting value-definitions? As you will see, these are important questions that require clarity if not, resolution.”

Continue reading the entire first post by SIOP blogger Mahesh Subramony here, and post your reactions and comments to the Exchange today.

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