Strategic human resource development (SHRD) maturity at the time of the economic crisis: a case study in Greek banking organisations through a multi-constituent research approach

Mitsakis, F.V. ORCID: 0000-0001-8454-5777, 2016. Strategic human resource development (SHRD) maturity at the time of the economic crisis: a case study in Greek banking organisations through a multi-constituent research approach. In: 17th International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice Across Europe (UFHRD 2016), Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, 8-10 June 2016.

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This paper examines SHRD's maturity within the context of the economic crisis, and through the respective lens of different key HRD stakeholders. It aims to critically address existing SHRD models' limitations (e.g. assessed within "static" business environments, lack of employees' "line of sight", performative or humanitarian focus etc.) so as to explore and advance our understanding on how SHRD is perceived and applied within diverse institutions through a multi-constituent research perspective. Additionally, it assesses and evaluates the key characteristics which constitute the criteria of a SHRD mature organisation within two Greek banks at the time of the economic crisis.
The study draws upon qualitative research data from two case study banking organisations in Greece (two largest private-owned banking corporations), by reporting on 76 semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders (HR staff, Bank Managers, Employees). A pre and post-crisis assessment was followed, supplemented by document analysis. Lastly, SHRD's maturity, within the targeted organisations, was evaluated through the employment of a modified SHRD model, with its respective strategic characteristics.
Research evidence highlights the complexity attached with stakeholders' perception of SHRD, and the level of its maturity (pre and post-crisis) respectively. Precisely, SHRD maturity is presented mixed for both time periods, with most strategic characteristics to be partially employed by both organisations either before or after the crisis. However, an interesting point was highlighted with both organisations' HRD practices to be presented agile enough in regard to the ongoing business uncertainty. Yet, having assessed all strategic characteristics, for both organisations and for both time periods, research data outlines SHRD's setback within both organisations.
This paper provides both theoretical and practical considerations over the maturity of SHRD during recessionary times. Its value initially derives from its critical mindset, thus extending existing SHRD theory and models through its multi-constituent research perspective, and by seeing SHRD as a discursive action (moving away from a performative and/or humanitarian focus). Alike, it enhances existing knowledge on SHRD maturity both within a different industrial and cultural context, while it also adds to SHRD theory and practice by testing a modified SHRD model under the circumstances of an economic crisis.

Item Type: Conference contribution
Creators: Mitsakis, F.V.
Date: 2016
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 23 Sep 2016 10:27
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:06

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