Investors in people and the standardization of professional knowledge in personnel management
UNSPECIFIED. (2001) Investors in people and the standardization of professional knowledge in personnel management. MANAGEMENT LEARNING, 32 (2). pp. 201-219. ISSN 1350-5076Full text not available from this repository.
Professionalization, for personnel specialists, is accomplished through their organizational activities, and their ability to socialize others into particular ways of operating. The national people management standard, Investors in People (hereafter 'IiP'), has been promoted as a career vehicle for the personnel manager From interviews with professional IiP advocates in a range of research case study organizations, this article illustrates some of the ways in which IiP implementation becomes a negotiated process, prone to the career interests of the managers concerned, and shaped by political-organizational contexts. The analysis indicates that IiP represents a codified body of knowledge which legitimates the personnel function and helps to make it recognizable to the rest of the organization. The role of the Training and Enterprise Councils (hereafter TECs), as local regulators of the IiP standard forms part of the broader socio-political context within which organizational recognition is achieved, and as the main external point of contact for the IiP advocate. This leads to the conclusion that the origins of standards of best practice on which IiP is based, are themselves influenced by a broader socio-political process.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management|
|Journal or Publication Title:||MANAGEMENT LEARNING|
|Publisher:||SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD|
|Official Date:||June 2001|
|Number of Pages:||19|
|Page Range:||pp. 201-219|
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