Towards a Generic Model of Human Resource Management

  •  H.H.D.N.P. Opatha    


This theoretical basic research paper was written in order to accomplish three research objectives: (1) to perform a brief description of selected popular models of Human Resource Management (HRM) developed by various scholars or authors; (2) to revisit and review the model of HRM developed by me in 2009; and (3) to introduce a generic model of HRM with an adequate theoretical base. It revealed that at least five popular models exist in the literature of HRM and they were briefly reviewed. The relevant review done with regard to the model developed locally as the first model of HRM in 2009 revealed that it is an internally focused but comprehensive and distinct model with a necessity of incorporating forces which exist in internal and external environments. Finally, a generic model of HRM which is composed of seven interrelated components such as internal environment, external environment, HRM fields and functions, HRM outcomes, organizational outcomes, HRM academic and professional factor, and feedback through evaluation was developed and presented by using several common theories, perspectives, arguments and logical beliefs. Hopefully the generic model will be a significant value addition to the existing local as well as international body of knowledge of HRM which is a highly recognized academic discipline and an established practice.

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