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Journal Article Analysis|
What Do HR Managers Really Do? HR Roles on International Projects| |

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Introduction

The research article being reviewed is titled- What Do HR Managers Really Do? HR Roles on International Projects by Catherine L. Welch & Denice E. Welch. It was published by Management International Review in the year 2012 issue 52 pages 597-617. The article provides a comprehensive insight into how different HR functions support international assignments by identifying the roles played by HR functions and also understanding how these roles are played effectively, through the answers given by the research participants. The authors conduct an empirical study to conclude their findings. The authors also include an interesting dimension to their research by way of adding an ‘emotional’ quotient to the enactment of HR roles. The methodology used is very robust and rationale with relevant prior research undertaken by the authors. The author’s findings are depicted using tables followed by a comprehensive explanation which is easy to understand and the conclusion reiterates the scope of the research and highlights key findings, giving rise to further very relevant topics for research.

Summary
The authors through their research have not only tried to answer questions such as the roles of HR managers in an international project setting but also tried to explain the enactment of these roles by the IHR managers. The main purpose of this research paper is in encompassing HR role theory to the international stage. The authors also put forward an argument about the role enactment being context-specific and explain how these contexts could be either constraints or enablers for the IHR role plays. The flow of the article is very structured, starting off with the literature review and provides the theoretical basis for the research. This is followed by the procedure followed for...
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