Emergency management and HRM in local governments: HR professionals as network managers

De Sisto, M, Cavanagh, J, McMurray, A and Bartram, T 2018, 'Emergency management and HRM in local governments: HR professionals as network managers', Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, pp. 1-14.


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Title Emergency management and HRM in local governments: HR professionals as network managers
Author(s) De Sisto, M
Cavanagh, J
McMurray, A
Bartram, T
Year 2018
Journal name Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Abstract This study examines the relationship between human resource management (HRM) and emergency management (EM) within two local governments. We examine the processes and associated challenges of HRM supporting EM practitioners to develop the skills to engage with the local community. Social exchange theory provides the theoretical foundation to explore and report the qualitative data. Research findings indicate that the relationship between HRM and EM is fragmented, and there is no comprehensive understanding among HRM and EM practitioners of the entire EM process. We suggest that enhancing collaboration between HRM and EM professionals within local governments may be achieved through greater formal and informal network management. HRM professionals must invest in developing managerial practices that engage key EM stakeholders, and mobilise their knowledge and resources to frame and co-create solutions for EM challenges.
Subject Human Resources Management
Keyword(s) emergency management
human resource management
local government
network management
public sector
DOI - identifier 10.1111/1744-7941.12202
Copyright notice © 2018 Australian HR Institute
ISSN 1038-4111
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