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    Credibility lost: attempting to reclaim an expert identity in an HR professional context

    Pritchard, Katrina and Fear, William (2015) Credibility lost: attempting to reclaim an expert identity in an HR professional context. Human Resource Management Journal 25 (3), pp. 348-363. ISSN 0954-5395.

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    Professional insecurity is a long-standing concern within HR, with claims to expertise seen as critical to credibility. Considering HR as an epistemic community and drawing on the identity work literature, we examine an identity threat to, and subsequent response by, a training and development (T&D) team. Based on ethnographic exposure to their practice, we explore how team members experience the threat and follow their attempts to re-establish their position in the local epistemic community, the HR department. We examine both individual and collective identity work, considering how both the identity threat and subsequent responses are embedded within T&D and HR practice more broadly. Through this analysis, we offer academic insight on the nature of HR practice and the construction of claims to expertise.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): expertise, ethnography, human resources, identity work
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: William Fear
    Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2015 12:43
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:15


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