Identification of learning resources and methods of HR experts and managers: a narrative approach

Document Type : Research Article


1 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Entrepreneur, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

2 Professor, Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

3 MSc. Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran


HR experts and managers as performers and planners have an important role in business processes. Learning is tool in order to develop HR experts and managers competencies and on the other hand is a facilitator for adapting with rapid changes in business environment. Concerning to importance of learning for improving HR department's performance and rising HR professional competencies is one question: which sources and methods are used by HR experts and HR managers for learning? In this research that is based on narrative approach, we document experiences and stories of 7 HR experts and 9 HR managers in Iranian automobile industry. Then we coded their narrations to identify their learning resources and methods. Findings show that they use four resources for learning: "learning via doing job duties resource", "learning via education and publication resource", "learning via social and human interactions resource" and "learning via organizational polices and challenges resource". Identifying learning methods, we find that "learning through doing job" and "learning through special feedback" were predominant in HR experts and HR manager's narrations.


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