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Organisation development in HRM: a longitudinal study contrasting evolutionary trends between the UK and USA

Gillon, Anne Clare, Braganza, Ashley, Williams, Sharon Jayne and McCauley-Smith, Catherine 2014. Organisation development in HRM: a longitudinal study contrasting evolutionary trends between the UK and USA. International Journal of Human Resource Management 25 (7) , pp. 1002-1023. 10.1080/09585192.2013.815252

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Organization Development (OD) roles and skills are in demand in practice, yet they receive scant attention in the academic literature. Using the theoretical lens of population ecology, this study examines the evolution of OD, through a forty-year empirical study. The paper extends current thinking by contrasting the research of academic scholars on the evolution of the HRM profession in the UK and USA. It also presents implications of the data for the future, in practice, and as an academic subject. The methodology applied in this longitudinal study identifies growth and content analysis of job advertisements in the relevant trade press. A key finding of the study is, whilst it has achieved legitimacy in UK practice the growth in requirement for OD skills has largely been ignored by scholars. In its current evolutionary phase, the UK form of the profession has been in a stable state, however a small number of HRM scholarly descriptions of ‘new HRM’ indicate that a further evolution in form has commenced. We argue that the most successful trajectory for evolving professional forms of HRM is through a convergence of HRM, OD and HRD and that UK scholars need to recognise the presence of OD in HRM.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2019 16:15

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