Achieving HR Function Consistency as a Challenge for HR Practitioners in Project-oriented Organizations

Katarzyna Piwowar-Sulej


In order to maintain a business competitive advantage managers have to make continuous efforts aimed at either introducing new or developing the existing products and processes. Many enterprises implement the so-called project-oriented approach. The enterprises following such an approach are referred to as project-oriented organizations. A project and an organization cannot exist without people. Human capital is developed in the process of HR function fulfillment (R&S, training, HR appraisal, remuneration and HR flow). In every enterprise, which implements the projectoriented approach and uses the matrix structure, HR function takes a two-way course: in an organization-wide perspective (general HR function) and within the framework of a particular project (HR function in projects). The objective of the article is to answer the following research questions: Q1: What kind of gaps occur in the area of HR function internal consistency within the analyzed organizations? Q2: What is the desired role of HR practitioners in project-oriented organizations? The article presents the results of empirical studies carried out in 2014 and 2015 in 100 project-oriented organizations. The surveyed organizations present higher general HR function consistency than the HR function in projects. Moreover, some gaps in consistency between both HR function courses were indicated. The obtained results of empirical studies provide knowledge about the specificity of project-oriented organizations and the desired role of HR practitioners.
Author Katarzyna Piwowar-Sulej (EaE / IES / DLaC)
Katarzyna Piwowar-Sulej,,
- Department of Labor and Capital
Journal seriesThe Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management, ISSN 1479-4411, (5 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishHRM, HR function, project-oriented organization, HR practitioners, HR business partner
Languageen angielski
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