Original Research

HR competencies at a merged Higher Education Institution

Cecile M. Schultz
SA Journal of Human Resource Management | Vol 8, No 1 | a225 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhrm.v8i1.225 | © 2010 Cecile M. Schultz | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 June 2009 | Published: 15 June 2010

About the author(s)

Cecile M. Schultz, Department People Management and Development, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa


Orientation: Certain human resource (HR) competencies are essential to assist with the dynamics of change in the higher education landscape.

Research purposes: The aim of this study was to determine the HR competencies at a merged higher education institution. Other objectives were to establish the satisfaction of academics, administrative staff and management regarding the HR competencies and the importance thereof.

Motivation for the study: Human resource professionals require assistance by providing HR competencies necessary to add value at a merged higher education institution.

Research designs, approaches and methods: A quantitative research design was employed as the research strategy. The questionnaire was based on the literature, the business plan and the HR balanced scorecard report. The target population was 1363 permanent staff on one campus and the response rate was 28%. A principal factor analysis, spider charts and box plots were utilised for data analysis. The results indicated business knowledge, HR practices, personal skills and management skills as the vital HR competencies.

Practical implications: Staff were not satisfied with the current HR competencies and consequently this necessitated attention to improve the deficient areas.

Contribution: This study shows that limited research was done with regard to HR competencies in the South African higher education backdrop.


change; business knowledge; HR practices; personal skills; management skills


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