Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no.3 1999, page 59-79.
English resume

HRM in practice

Strategic integration and competency building

Peter Nielsen

The article establishes an analytical framework utilizing principles and basic concepts from the human resources management perspective, and apply this framework on empirical data from a comprehensive survey on work organization and employee skills in the Danish private sector. The empirical analysis shows that the firms use different strategies to ensure that the personnel resources are in accordance with the needs. At the internal front work organizations are developed more or less in accordance with the HRM-principles (empowerment, teamworking, functional integration, job rotation, performance appraisals etc.). These developments imply changes in the content of work and in demands both in situations of recruitment and regarding development of qualifications. Focus is set on the need for continuos development of competencies in relation to the new principles of work organization and developments in the content of work. Here cross functional and group oriented approaches seem to emerge. Generally, production specific learning is important and formal training is tailored to the needs of firms. In the most developed firms continuous learning is often seen as of decisive importance for competitiveness.



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