Employees' perspectives on strategic human resource development before and after the global financial crisis: evidence from the Greek banking sector

Mitsakis, F.V. ORCID: 0000-0001-8454-5777, 2017. Employees' perspectives on strategic human resource development before and after the global financial crisis: evidence from the Greek banking sector. International Journal of Training and Development, 21 (4), pp. 285-303. ISSN 1360-3736

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Abstract

Constantly changing business and economic environments have challenged organizations to re-think the crucial role of their human resource development (HRD) policies and practices in relation to individual and organizational competitiveness, change and growth. Being proactive/strategic, in HRD terms, corresponds to the concept of strategic HRD maturity, a state evidenced by a specific set of strategic characteristics, but research into this concept within the challenging context of the economic crisis is limited, as is research into employees' perceptions of it. Previous research has been applied mostly within 'static' business and economic environments, with much of the existing strategic HRD models neglecting employees' perspectives. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 42 bank employees in Greece, with the aim of examining their perceptions of strategic HRD before and after the global financial crisis. The study raises important questions for both HRD academics and practitioners because its findings indicate a setback in the development of HRD. Whilst there were a few contradicting perceptions, the dominant employee view was that strategic HRD was a theoretical notion rather than an organizational reality.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Training and Development
Creators: Mitsakis, F.V.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: December 2017
Volume: 21
Number: 4
ISSN: 1360-3736
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10.1111/ijtd.12112DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 27 Oct 2017 07:54
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2017 12:13
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31898

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