Publication Date

July 1992


[Excerpt] An empirically-derived classification (taxonomy) of human resource "departments", based on a few fundamental roles played in organizations, was developed as an alternative to the mostly speculative existing typologies. Four types emerged: the strategic partner, the strategic advisor, the operational partner, and the operational administrator. The stability of the solution and the relationships with variables not used to generate it were found satisfactory. The types show some similarities with those identified in the literature.


Suggested Citation
Labelle, C. M., & Dyer, L. (1992). A role-based taxonomy of human resource organizations (CAHRS Working Paper #92-35). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies.