What Parameters Determine the Best Organizational Model for HR?

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David Wilson
Manager, Canada

What Parameters Determine the Best Organizational Model for HR?

I have worked in a number of organizations. The way the HR function and activities were organized was quite different.
1. CENTRALIZED. The most effective in terms of the number of HR positions was a centralized HR organization
2. DECENTRALIZED. The least effective was a decentralized HR organization.
3. SHARED SERVICE. I have also worked in a shared services organization, where the HR organization was considered as part of a larger corporate structure (i.e. corporate services), based on a model suggested by B. Quinn, R. Cooke, and A. Kris (Shared Services - Mining for Corporate Gold, 2000), which centralized all HR services across all business lines.
4. OUTSOURCED. The fourth option was an outsourcing model, where HR services were contracted to another organization.
What organization models have you worked in and which was the most effective, efficient and economical? Are there factors that would favour (i.e. location, structure, culture, size, diversity, etc.) one model versus another? Why would you pick one model over another? Would you eliminate the HR Department? Thanks for your responses. Regards, David.


Martin Langen
HR Consultant, Germany

Finding the Best Way of Organizing HR

David, my input: it depends on your organization, culture and HR strategy. If the size of the organ... Sign up

Paul D Giammalvo
Professor and Consultant, Indonesia

There is no 'Best' Organizational Model

David, this is bit like asking "which is the best golf club to use?" EVERYTHING in management is con... Sign up

David Wilson
Manager, Canada

Need for Examples

Hi Paul, while I agree with your response, I am hoping that members would provide some examples of t... Sign up

Manager, Sri Lanka

Best Organizational Model for HR doesn't Matter a Lot

I was working in production for the past 30 years. Many times I felt the overall thinking of HR pers... Sign up

Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

WHAT Circumstances are Most Important

@Paul D Giammalvo: Thanks Paul for emphasizing that the best way of organizing HR is situational. Of... Sign up

Consultant, India

Best Organisation Model for HR

It all depends firstly on the Head of the Organisation, the Vision, Mission & then Culture, no of Pe... Sign up

Pablo Mendez
Management Consultant, Uruguay

People Matter as Much as the Model that is being used

I have also worked in companies with different models. In my humble opinion the criteria for the mos... Sign up

HR Consultant, Switzerland

How to Organize the HR Function?

Hi David, I am glad to read your question, which is a crucial point, knowing that most HR directors ... Sign up

HR Consultant, Nigeria

The Best Organization Model for HR

I sincerely appreciate your post on HR models. The model to be adopted should be based on your organ... Sign up

Business Consultant, United States

Best Org. Model for HR

Well, good question... There are many factors to consider, such as: 1. The size of the organization... Sign up

Manager, India

HR Process Classification

Hi David, HR functions by and large are determined by the context and size of the organisation. In o... Sign up

Paul D Giammalvo
Professor and Consultant, Indonesia

Determining the Best Organizational Model for HR: Form must Follow Function

@David Wilson: To quote from American Architect Louis Sullivan: "It is the pervading law of all thi... Sign up

Paul D Giammalvo
Professor and Consultant, Indonesia

No Rules of Thumb to Determine the Best Organizational Model

@ David and Jaap, then we should rephrase your question to ask "what are the parameters which determ... Sign up

John Carlisle
Strategy Consultant, United Kingdom

Best Model for HR

First of all, I am not an HR person, although I did once head up Personnel for a multi-national SBU ... Sign up

David Wilson
Manager, Canada

Best Organizational Structure for HR

@Paul D Giammalvo: Yes, we could rephrase the question - I'll refer this issue to the Editor. ... J... Sign up

Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Topic Title Changed

@Paul D Giammalvo and David: Good suggestion. The title of this discussion is now changed from: Wha... Sign up

Consultant, Uganda

HR is no Longer what it Was

@John Carlisle: You certainly have captured what HR was. But it has been evolving and making stride... Sign up

Consultant, India

HRM Placement in the Organization

Think global but act local. This is a combination of centralization and decentralization which work... Sign up

muyiwa okesanya
Business Consultant, Nigeria

No Best HR Model

It is my opinion through my work experience(s) that there is no best HR model that will address HR p... Sign up

Miguel Lara
HR Consultant, Colombia

Determining the Optimal HR Architecture

Hi David, I agree the size (large or small) of the HR department, the HR vision, and HR strategy sho... Sign up

Leonardo Santos Magalhaes, Brazil

Why Human Resource?

As a consultant in project management I worked with HR in many organizations to develop innovative e... Sign up

Mucherwa Oliver Ngoni, Zimbabwe

The Harvard Model (Map of HRM Territory), the Matching Model and the Guest Model

I hope the following labels of three existing models could enhance the debate: - There is the Harva... Sign up

Student (University), Morocco

Choosing HR Management Model

I know the first model (centralized) and I think that an HR department is necessary, because it make... Sign up


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