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Metrics: HRM's holy grail? a New Zealand case study

Tootell, B. and Blackler, M. and Toulson, P. and Dewe, Philip (2009) Metrics: HRM's holy grail? a New Zealand case study. Human Resource Management Journal 19 (4), pp. 375-392. ISSN 0954-5395.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-8583.2009.00108.x

Abstract

What gets measured in business is noticed and acted on. The importance of human resource management (HRM) to be noticed as a vital key to business success has been argued profusely by the HRM profession over the last three decades. While the importance of human resource (HR) measurement is not disputed by business managers, the search for meaningful generic HR metrics is like HRM's Holy Grail. The purpose of this research is to investigate the issues confronting a sample of business organisations concerning measurement issues. It examines the current measurement practices used and their HR measurement needs. Developing appropriate HR measures, in terms of adding value, allows organisations to refocus their resources for leverage. Inappropriate measures simply encourage inappropriate behaviours not in the long-term interests of the business. We know that HRM is less prepared than other business functions (like finance or management information systems) to quantify its impact on business performance. Our results suggest that HR metrics as the Holy Grail of HRM remain elusive. This research signals the importance of developing relevant and meaningful HR measurement models, while acknowledging that the actual metrics used (unlike accounting measures) may vary from business to business.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2011 11:45
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2013 10:12
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2030

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