Department of Business Management holds Seminar
“Human Resource (HR) is the driving force behind what makes a winning team. We make the argument that the team that fields the best players wins. Human Resource is involved in making sure we field the best players”.
This was the statement made by the Director, Human Resource, Flour Mills Nigeria Plc, Mr. Wale Adediran, at the town and gown interaction titled Human Resource Management, Rhetoric or Reality, on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the College of Business and Social Sciences Conference Room.
According to him, an enterprise manages four resources: materials, machines, money and men. To create wealth of all these, the real source of sustainable competitive advantage are men.
He referred to Human Resource as a professional practice that has evolved over the pre- and post-industrial ages. While it is not as old as most other professions, it is at least about 250 years old.
He asserted that most definitions situate Human Resource Management around the operation of the processes for workforce planning, attracting, recruiting, inducting, directing, controlling, motivating, training, developing, rewarding, and retaining, which is operational and incomplete.
Mr. Adediran stated further that recent attempts have been made by the likes of Armstrong (2006), to define HR “as the strategic, coherent and comprehensive approach to the management and development of the organization’s human resources, in which every aspect of the process is wholly integrated within the overall management of the organization”.
He said that Dave Ulrich attempted to bring the operational and strategic roles in HR management on one single model by creating the Four-Quadrant Model for HR management – strategic partnering, change agent, employee champion and admin expert. HR practice is fluid and plays all the roles in the four quadrants.
Mr. Adediran emphasized the need for self development, since all the new developments in Human Resource Management are focused on talent and organization management and new set of skills are emerging. These new skills include managing big data and Human Resource Analytics, which are crucial to multi-year strategic talent and organization planning.
He highlighted the four areas in which HR functions: Business Partnering, Talent Resourcing, Talent Development, Employee Engagement and Industrial Relations and HR Service Delivery.
While speaking at the event, Mr. Adediran acknowledged the priviledge to add to the wealth of knowledge and also to learn on the field he is practicing and loves to practice.
The Deputy Dean, School of Business, Dr. Francis Iyoha stated that the purpose of the programme was to rub minds with individuals who were making impacts in the industries and to make what the students were doing in class practical.
In attendance at the programme were faculty and students of the Department of Business Management.