Best value: changing roles and activities for human resource managers in Scottish local government

Alison Jaconelli (Comhairle, the Scottish Centre for European Public Sector Studies, University of Paisley, Scotland, UK)
James Sheffield (Comhairle, the Scottish Centre for European Public Sector Studies, University of Paisley, Scotland, UK)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Publication date: 1 December 2000

Abstract

This article aims to examine the effects of the best value policy initiative on the human resource function in Scottish local government. The article examines whether best value provides the human resource function with the opportunity and ability to perform strategically, rather than in a reactive and opportune manner. In addition, it will examine whether the policy will enable the human resource (HR) function to move from the mechanistic, repetitive activities HR specialists report consume their time, towards the “softer”, more consultative tasks associated with the HR function.

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Jaconelli, A. and Sheffield, J. (2000), "Best value: changing roles and activities for human resource managers in Scottish local government", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 13 No. 7, pp. 624-644. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513550010363595

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