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The Professionalisation of HRM

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START DATE 30 January 2015
START TIME 10:00am
Hendon Campus, College Building, Executive Boardroom (C219-C220)
END DATE 30 January 2015
END TIME 05:30pm

Middlesex University is hosting a one-day symposium on the professionalisation of human resource management. Backed by a two-year research project, jointly funded by the ESRC and Hong Kong RGC and supported by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), this event will integrate academic and practitioner participants and examine the current state of HRM, including:

  • What activities are HR practitioners doing?
  • What areas of skill and knowledge are most valued?
  • How much 'courage to challenge' do HR practitioners have in dealing with ethical issues?
  • Internationally, how does UK practice compare (specifically to HR practice in Hong Kong)?

Confirmed speakers include Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD, and Chris Brewster, professor of HRM at Reading University.

Draft Programme

09:30 – 10:00              Registration & Refreshments (2nd Floor Mezzanine, College Building)

10:00 – 10:15              Opening Remarks (Anna Kyprianou: Dean of School)

10:15 – 11:30              Session 1: What does 'being professional' in HRM entail? 

Keynote: Peter Cheese (CIPD)

Speaker: Dr Ian Roper

11:30 – 11:45               Break (2nd Floor Mezzanine)

11:45 – 13:00               Session 2: 'The courage to challenge' 

Roger Kline: 'HR and the public interest'

Dr Sophie Gamwell: 'Evidence from the study'

Professor Clive Morton: 'HR ethics: a practitioner's perspective'

13:00 – 14:00              Lunch (2nd Floor Mezzanine)

14:00 – 15:15             Session 3: Round table discussions parallel sessions: 

Dr Sophie Gamwell: 'Does the 'sharing' or outsourcing of HRM undermine ethical HR practice?' 

Dr Ian Roper: 'What bridges the gap? the key skills divide between the HR 'business partner' and the employee relations' specialist' 

Dr Paul Higgins: 'Professionalisation or Socialisation: what type of profession is HRM?'

15:15 – 15:30              Break (2nd Floor Mezzanine)

15:30 – 16:45              Session 4: HR East and West

Speaker: Dr Paul Higgins: Comparing HR practice in Hong Kong and the UK

Keynote: Professor Chris Brewster

16:45 – 17:00             Commentary: Professor Nick Rumens

17:00 – 17:30             Summary of Day and Q&A

17:30 – 18:30             Drinks Reception (2nd Floor Mezzanine)

The event is completely FREE. To attend simply book through Eventbrite

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