An examination of the competencies required in the transformation of the human resources professional to an executive management strategic partner in the 21st century

by Madu, Boniface C., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2009, 112 pages; 3366453


While the debate defining the competencies for human resource (HR) professionals to perform effectively as strategic partners in the organizations continues, researchers struggle to reach a consensus on a definite competency model for human resource. To truly be business partners, human resource professionals are required to acquire a number of highly strategic business skills. Utilizing a competency framework from the Society for Human Resource Management and the human resource body of knowledge, a survey instrument was developed to collect quantitative data from respondents to conduct research. The purpose was to examine from managers, executives, directors, and HR professionals their expectations regarding the HR professional roles and competencies. The study revealed the presence of gaps between organizational expectations and the level of individual proficiency taken from actual competency level. Data were analyzed on a comparative basis. The purpose of the study was to achieve an alignment between human resource strategy and organizational mission in developing a strategic business partnership between human resource professionals and business executives, and to position HR function as an effective and identifiable measure of organizational goals. The required competencies in the transformation process were the core of the study. This study developed effective methodology and viewed the statistical findings related to constituency group perceptions of importance of HR competencies.

AdviserFrank DeCaro
Source TypeDissertation
Publication Number3366453

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