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Credibility lost: attempting to reclaim an expert identity in an HR professional context

Pritchard, Katrina and Fear, William James (2015). Credibility lost: attempting to reclaim an expert identity in an HR professional context. Human Resource Management Journal, 25 pp. 343–363.

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Professional insecurity is a long standing concern within Human Resources (HR), with claims to expertise seen as critical to credibility. Considering HR as an epistemic community and drawing on the identity work literature we examine an identity threat to, and subsequent response by, a training and development (T&D) team. Based on ethnographic exposure to their practice, we explore how team members experience the threat and follow their attempts to re-establish their position in the local epistemic community, the HR department. We examine both individual and collective identity work, considering how both the identity threat and subsequent responses are embedded within training and development and HR practice more broadly. Through this analysis we offer academic insight on the nature of HR practice and the construction of claims to expertise.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
ISSN: 1748-8583
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
ESRC funded PhDPTA-0302004-00095ESRC
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
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Item ID: 41878
Depositing User: Katrina Pritchard
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2015 10:43
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 13:54
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