In July 1998 the WFPMA commissioned a major new research study to find out whether or not a common core of competencies exists for human resource management around the world, and therefore whether it is possible to define an HR professional; part of the project flowing from this would be to try to encapsulate the learning and development necessary to achieve and maintain the standards implicit in that definition (or definitions in the event of significant regional differences).
Led by a steering group drawn from WFPMA nominees, the project was co-ordinated by the UK's Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, working with Cranfield School of Management.
Taking account of work on this subject that had already been carried out in various countries and drawing on close links with WFPMA member associations and other contacts, the study examined routes into the human resource field; education, training and career paths; and definitions of standards and accreditation. More specifically, the project has addressed:
For the purpose of this research, the term 'HR professional' is used to describe those who work in an employing organisation, or as a consultant, resource-provider, academic or educator, whose primary professional focus is on the management and development of people for the broad world of employment.
For further details of the project see WorldLink, October 1998, January 2000, and July 2000. For the full and final report of the project, click here.
A follow-up study to check the use made of the competencies report and gauge developments since its publication was conducted at the end of 2004 and published in March 2005. For this report, click here