This paper presents an overview of recent empirical research on human resource competencies in Europe. The data were collected in 2002 in the global Human Resource Competence Study, an initiative of the University of Michigan. The results suggest that personal credibility and HR delivery have a positive effect on the relative ranking of the HR function and its professionals. According to non-HRM respondents strategic contribution is the competency that will lead to financial competitiveness, while HR managers consider business knowledge to be crucial for added value of the HR function.

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Boselie, P., & Paauwe, J. (2004). Human Resource Function Competencies in European Companies (No. ERS-2004-069-ORG). ERIM Report Series Research in Management. Retrieved from