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The Fourth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations

Managing Intangibles: Predicting the Future of Human Resources Management

John Annakis, Dr Barbara Lasky.

Reviews of major trends within a workforce appear from time to time. Trends such as the increasing use of technology, globalization, fierce competitiveness and continuous change that organisations have to deal with today, inevitably impact on the shape and development of the Human Resources (HR) function, leading some researchers and practitioners to speculate on the future of the HR function as an internal organisational unit.

This paper hypothesises that the degree to which a company values HR as an internal organisational unit will be revealed, in part, in the duties, skills required, responsibilities, and roles that companies seek when advertising for HR professionals. The authors posit that such advertisements open a window onto the way in which companies manage their human skills base.


John Annakis  (Australia)
Lecturer in HRM
School of Business
Swinburne University of Technology

John Annakis: BA (Soc Sci) Latrobe ; Grad Dip Urb Policy & Research SUT. MBA RMIT Research interests in Surveillance and Flexibility in Call Centre Centres, and Knowledge Management Education . My areas of teaching and research include cross cultural management, knowledge management, industrial relations and organisational change and my Phd research is in the area of flexibility and surveillance in call centres.

Dr Barbara Lasky  (Australia)
Senior Lecturer in HRM/OB
School of Business
Swinburne University of Technology

Dr Barbara Lasky is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resources Management and Organization Behavior in a School of Business. Her research interests include management of change, mentoring in higher education, and action learning and narrative methodologies. She has published nationally and internationally.

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(Virtual Presentation, English)