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Employee advocacy in Malawi: The degree to which HR practitioners are considered as employee advocates within an African context

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 17 July 2019

Issue publication date: 24 July 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The review is based on "Employee advocacy in Africa: the role of HR practitioners in Malawi" by Aminu Mamman, Christopher J. Rees, Rhoda Bakuwa, Mohamed Branine, Ken Kamoche, (2019) published in Employee Relations. This paper aims to concentrate on the degree that HR practitioners are considered as employee advocates within an African context.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were gathered from a questionnaire survey given to 305 respondents (95 HR practitioners, 121 line managers and 89 employees) working in private sector companies Malawi.

Findings

The results suggest that HR practitioners in Malawi are viewed as carrying out an employee advocate role by line managers, HR managers, and employees. HR managers perceived themselves to be carrying out the role of employee advocate more than line managers and employees. In addition, the strongest perceived element was their contribution to motivating employees.

Practical implications

Therefore, analysis of the importance of the elements that make up the employee advocate role could inform decisions on which elements to include in in an HR model. This paper has contributed to the literature on HR roles in developing countries and supports the use of Ulrich’s model beyond the developed countries where it originated

Originality/value

This paper has contributed to the literature on HR roles in developing countries and supports the use of Ulrich’s model beyond the developed countries where it originated.

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Citation

(2019), "Employee advocacy in Malawi: The degree to which HR practitioners are considered as employee advocates within an African context", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 27 No. 4, pp. 22-24. https://doi.org/10.1108/HRMID-04-2019-0096

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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