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‘Are we there yet?’ Australian HR professionals and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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posted on 15.02.2022, 12:01 by Alan Nankervis, Julia Connell, Roslyn Cameron, Alan Montague, Verma PrikshatVerma Prikshat
Although still in its early stages, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIR), which involves a broad range of artificial intelligence, robotics and machine learning technologies, will fundamentally change the way many of us work and relate to one another. Driven by technology, this transformation presents a range of challenges, as well as opportunities, where we might expect Human Resource (HR) professionals would lead the way. However, little is currently known in relation to how prepared HR professionals in Australia are to ready their organisations for this new era of work and associated resourcing. Consequently, this paper goes some way towards closing that gap. Specifically, the study reported here sets out to explore the levels of preparedness amongst Australian HRM professionals for the impact of the FIR on organisations, workplaces, jobs and skills, as well as on their own professional roles and competencies. The study utilised a sequential mixed methods research design with two phases, the first was qualitative focus groups (n = 5) followed by a quantitative online survey of selected senior HR practitioners (n = 150). The findings indicate that, while most believe that FIR technologies might be useful for their organisations and assist with improving job performance, increasing productivity and making jobs easier for employees, contrarily many did not intend to use them in the foreseeable future. Marginal support was also evident in relation to the potential contributions of FIR technologies to HR process enhancement and overall HR effectiveness. Most respondents were also not impressed with the lack of current Australian government FIR strategies and policies.

History

Published in

Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources

Publisher

Wiley

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Citation

Nankervis, A., Connell, J., Cameron, R., Montague, A., & Prikshat, V. (2019). ‘Are we there yet?’Australian HR professionals and the Fourth Industrial Revolution', Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources

Electronic ISSN

1744-7941

Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Management

Cardiff Met Authors

Prikshat Verma

Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group

  • Welsh Centre for Business and Management Research

Copyright Holder

© The Publisher

Language

en