Human Resource Management Aspects of Hospitals Ward Managers' Jobs

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Title Human Resource Management Aspects of Hospitals Ward Managers' Jobs
Author Townsend, Keith John; Wilkinson, Adrian John; Bamber, Greg J.; Allan, Cameron
Publication Title Proceedings of the 61st Annual Meeting of the Labor and Employment Relations Association
Editor Adrienne E. Eaton
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Illinois
Publisher LERA
Abstract What is the line manager's role in terms of Human Resources Management (HRM)? A new contribution calls for the re-conceptualisation of HRM as signals that management send to employees rather than systems, practices, or bundles. That contribution argues that HR professionals operate at a conceptual level and also in terms of more specific practices level. We examine a large hospital and suggest that the The Hospital executives disseminate mixed signals. In the decentralised HR environment it is the growing role of the ward (line) manager as an HR practitioner to interpret, diffuse and convey such signals to the front-line employees. This role leads to a commitment of the staff to the ward and the ward manager – the ward-based employee relationship may include much clearer and stronger signals than are apparent in the relationship employees have with The Hospital more broadly, bearing in mind that the latter seems to convey 'mixed signals'.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.lera.uiuc.edu/meetings/Annual/2009/Index.html
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2009. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owners for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the authors.
ISBN 978-0-913447-99-4
Conference name 61st Annual Meeting of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA)
Location San Fransisco
Date From 2009-01-03
Date To 2009-01-05
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/29944
Date Accessioned 2009-11-18
Date Available 2010-06-01T06:53:09Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Industrial Relations
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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