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Applying the criteria of Ulrich and Brockbank for the assessment of the role of human resources as a strategic business partner in a mining company

Lize de Bruyn, Gert Roodt
SA Journal of Human Resource Management | Vol 7, No 1 | a200 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhrm.v7i1.200 | © 2009 Lize de Bruyn, Gert Roodt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 March 2009 | Published: 07 October 2009

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Lize de Bruyn, Universiteit van Johannesburg, South Africa
Gert Roodt, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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The aim of this study was to apply the 14 criteria of Ulrich and Brockbank for the assessment of the movement of a human-resource function from its current development phase to a strategic business-partner role. A qualitative method, based on casing, was adopted as the research strategy. Data were collected from members of the human-resource forum of an organisation through a semi-structured focus group, individual interviews and solicited document reviews. The collected data were analysed through open coding or thematic analyses. Findings indicated that the organisation’s human-resource function was moving from operational human-resource service provision to a more strategic focus.


human-resource management; strategic human-resource management; strategic business partner; Ulrich’s and Brockbank’s criteria; qualitative evaluation


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