Evolving function and competencies: assessing the changes in the literature on human resource (HR) competencies for the HR function across two decades (1990-2012)
Ho, M; Lo, K; Teo, S
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The purpose of this research was to examine the espoused competencies of the human resource (HR) function in the literature and to highlight the changing nature of the HR function. This empirical study examined 51 articles on HR competencies and the HR functions from 1990-2012. The research design of this study utilized computerized text-mining, content analysis software (Leximancer) to analyze the themes, competencies and changes discussed in the HRM literature from Business Source Premier Database during the periods 1990-1999 and 2000-2012. Our results demonstrated the changes of interest in the literature on HR competencies from the establishment of competency models for the HR function to a more strategic interest in how competency models for HR can be used strategically. Implications from this research are discussed including how the findings will help explicate the HR function.