Signals from human resource (HR) job advertisements in New Zealand

Ho, M
Nguyen, D
Lo, K
McLean, C
Teo, S
Item type
Conference Contribution
Degree name
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM)

Human resource (HR) competencies for HR professionals have been implicated as an indicator of organisations’ pursuit of human resource management (HRM). Utilising Signalling Theory, this paper evaluates the literature on HR competencies and contrasts these with the signals given by organisations in the recruitment of HR professionals in New Zealand. Using Leximancer and frequency analysis, we contrast the academic literature with the signals that organisations recruiting HR professionals give in their job advertisements. Findings indicate that the literature has progressed to more strategic concerns and focused on the management of competencies by organisations. In contrast, signals by organisations appear to emphasise functional rather than strategic competencies. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.

HR competencies , HR roles , HRM professionalisation , Job advertisements
27th Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference 2013 held at Hobart, Australia, Hobart, Australia, 2013-12-04 to 2013-12-06
Publisher's version
Rights statement
NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in (see Citation). The original publication is available at (see Publisher's Version).