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Why HR policies fail to support workplace learning: the complexities of policy implementation in healthcare

Why HR policies fail to support workplace learning: the complexities of policy implementation in healthcare
Why HR policies fail to support workplace learning: the complexities of policy implementation in healthcare
An appropriate human resource policy infrastructure to support workplace learning has been advocated both within the literature on workplace learning and in official British Government guidance for healthcare organizations. Yet minimal empirical evidence exists to support the view that HR policies are able to promote greater use of workplace learning methods within organizations. This proposition was tested through collecting both quantitative and qualitative data from staff in British hospices. The findings demonstrated the limited effects of HR policies in this respect and five key factors were identified that appeared to influence HR policy implementation in this instance. These findings have wider significance for our understanding of the complex interrelationships that potentially exist between HR policies, their outcomes and the mediating factors associated with policy implementation.
hr policy, implementation, workplace learning
0958-5192
190-206
Clarke, Nicholas
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Clarke, Nicholas
65a3df67-32ff-4e0a-8dd6-a65b5460dca1

Clarke, Nicholas (2006) Why HR policies fail to support workplace learning: the complexities of policy implementation in healthcare. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 17 (1), 190-206.

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An appropriate human resource policy infrastructure to support workplace learning has been advocated both within the literature on workplace learning and in official British Government guidance for healthcare organizations. Yet minimal empirical evidence exists to support the view that HR policies are able to promote greater use of workplace learning methods within organizations. This proposition was tested through collecting both quantitative and qualitative data from staff in British hospices. The findings demonstrated the limited effects of HR policies in this respect and five key factors were identified that appeared to influence HR policy implementation in this instance. These findings have wider significance for our understanding of the complex interrelationships that potentially exist between HR policies, their outcomes and the mediating factors associated with policy implementation.

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Published date: January 2006
Keywords: hr policy, implementation, workplace learning

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Local EPrints ID: 36530
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/36530
ISSN: 0958-5192
PURE UUID: ced60457-165c-401d-a151-f2fcd60411ad

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Date deposited: 23 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:44

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