The development of a human resource management (HRM) professional competence model: A pilot study

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 26, issue 3, 2016 , pages: 230–236
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2016.1185902
Author(s): Nico SchutteDepartment of Industrial Psychology, South Africa, Nicolene BarkhuizenDepartment of Industrial Psychology, South Africa, Lidewey van der SluisNyenrode Business University, The Netherlands, Department of Industrial Psychology,


This study sought to develop and test a diagnostic tool for the measurement of professional human resource management (HRM) competencies in the South African context. Data on HRM competencies were collected from South African human resource (HR) practitioners (N = 189; females = 49.2%, blacks = 91.2%). Exploratory factor analyses resulted in three distinguishable HR competency dimensions: Professional behaviour and leadership (i.e. leadership-personal credibility, organisational capability, solution creation, interpersonal communication, and citizenship); Service orientation and execution (i.e. talent management, HR governance, analytics and measurement, and HR service delivery); and Business intelligence (i.e. strategic contribution, HR business knowledge, and HR technology).

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