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Welcome on board? : The involvement of the HRM position in the boardroom and their perceived value

Barink, M.M. (2018) Welcome on board? : The involvement of the HRM position in the boardroom and their perceived value.

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Abstract:Despite the increasing debate about the HRM contribution towards strategic processes, there is little research concerning the right position in an organisation towards strategic decision making. What is the relationship with the perceived value of HRM in an organisation concerning a position in the boardroom/Management Team? Is the view of the CEO influencing this? Or other factors? Qualitative research is done to answer the research question: ‘What are the differences in perceived value of HRM depending on the representativeness of HRM in the boardroom?’ The purpose of this paper is to examine the perceived importance of the presence of HRM in the boardroom, and to explore differences in exercising strategic impact by HRM directors with and without this presence. A theoretical framework is conducted with reasons to involve HRM in the boardroom or not, and with other crucial factors towards the perceived value of HRM. Data is collected and analysed from twelve organisations in the Netherlands divided in organisations where HRM is on board and where HRM is not on board. We can conclude that the added value of HRM, information access and the strategic influence is lower in organisations where HRM is not on board. Our research showed on several points that a position in the boardroom for HRM enlarges the perceived value of HRM, although it is not necessary. HRM can without this position influence the business through other paths. The factors HRM expertise and value of HRM from the CEO are important influencers in this. A low HRM expertise and a low view of HRM from the CEO results in a lower perceived value of HRM. When HRM is not on board, HRM is probably missing information or hearing information too late. Even though this is not the case and it would be shared quickly through another paths, it would still become less efficient. An empirical flowchart and a decision tree are developed as contributors to the existing literature about this topic and could be used as fundament for future research.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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