Survey attacks HR’s lack of academic knowledge

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Survey attacks HR’s lack of academic knowledgeOn 12 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. HR professionals have come under fire for their lack of knowledge in areport by a professor from University College London. The study An HR Survey by Professor Adrian Furnham, criticises HR managers fordoing little academic reading beyond the trade press and for their lack ofknowledge about academic models and psychometric tests. The research, commissioned by London-based recruitment company StrategicDimensions, took 18 months to complete and is based on a three-pagequestionnaire given out to 120 HR professionals. Respondents were asked what they read, what academic models they followedand which psychometric tests they are aware of. Furnham concludes that HR professionals are not confident about theirknowledge of models on corporate change or corporate culture. The study shows that although respondents had some knowledge of certainpsychometric tests they were not aware of evidence on psychometric validity. Most of the 84 HR professionals who responded reveal that when they needadvice they ask their peer group, a major HR consultancy, the CIPD or thecompany solicitor. “Friends and lawyers seem to be the first port of call for these HRspecialists. It says a lot about what they do,” said Furnham. Nearly two-thirds of respondents believe HR directors should haveoperational experience in another function before appointment. A similarproportion think the HR profession is low paid compared to other businessfunctions. Furnham commented: “One could be forgiven as an outsider for thinkingthat HR managers are, or should be, depressed by the [pay] situation and areeager to leave the speciality, but this is clearly not the case. “Some would see this self-centred stance as both realistic and helpfulas it motivates this group to change their reputation.” – Three-quarters of the HR professionals surveyed rely on Personnel Todayto remain up to date with the profession. By Quentin Reade last_img read more