Human Resource Audit


The concept highlights the strengths and weaknesses of HR audit practice, describes the steps essential for its implementation, and explores the factors that contribute to the audit's success.

Technique Overview

Human Resource Audit

Human Resource Audit Definition

A human resource audit is a series of systematic, formal procedures designed to evaluate and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of a company's human resource management system, by comparing the latter with relevant internal and external benchmarks, and evaluating its appropriateness for implementing the firm’s strategic and operational objectives (Huselid, 2005).

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  • CIPD (2003) Alarming Majority of UK Organisations Do Not Carry Out Equal Pay Audits. [Online] Available at: www.cipd.co.uk/pressoffice/_articles/09012003165625.htm [Accessed: 9 February 2012].
  • Furnham, A. and Gunter, B. (1993) Corporate Assessment: Auditing a Company's Personality. Routledge, New York.
  • Huselid, M. (2005) Human Resource Audits. In L.H. Peters, C.R. Greer and S.A. Youngblood (Eds.), Blackwell Encyclopedic Dictionary of Human Resource Management, Blackwell Publishers, Oxford, UK.
  • Johnson, G., Smith, S. and Codling, B. (2010) Institutional Change and Strategic Agency: An Empirical Analysis of Managers' Experimentation with Routines in Strategic Decision Making. In D. Golsorkhi, L. Rouleau, D. Seidl, and Vaara, E. (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Strategy as Practice.

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