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International Journal of Economics and Management Sciences
Vol. 1, No. 4, 2011, pp. 01-11

MANAGEMENT JOURNALS managementjournals.org

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES IN NIGERIA UNDER A GLOBALISED ECONOMY Francis C. Anyim Ph.D1, Cyril Oseloka Ikemefuna2 and Samuel E. Mbah3

FCIPM, FNIM, FABS, FCAI; Department of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Faculty of Business Administration, University of Lago. E-mail: chucksanyim2004@yahoo.com 2 Department of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Faculty of Business Administration, University of Lago. E-mail: cyikem-unilag@yahoo.co.uk 3 Department of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Faculty of Business Administration, University of Lagos. E-mail: mbasamzo11@yahoo.com

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ABSTRACT The pace of globalization is increasing continuously in terms of markets for goods and services, investment opportunities across borders amongst others. Enterprises face competition from all fronts. Human resource management is not left out in this transformation crusade as it has obligation to move along with the changing demands of the globalization process. One of the objectives of this paper is to show that effective managers should constantly be aware of the changes taking place in domestic (home country) environment, as well as around the globe (international and foreign environments) on HR issues and developments. By so doing, they can scan their environment on an ongoing basis, and when they detect opportunities and/or threats, they can transform their organization to seize the opportunities and/or combat or neutralize the threats as the case may be. In this presentation, problems, issues and trends in HRM practice in Nigeria in the current period were reviewed. The factors affecting HRM and its practice in a global context and what should be the direction of the profession and its practice in Nigeria constitute the main focus of this paper.

INTRODUCTION Human resources are the life blood of an organization. Despite the application of technology in modern business management, human resources are still relevant and most adaptive resources of the organization. The strategic values of HR stem from the fact that apart from other resources employed in the course of production (land, capital, technology etc) which are passive, human resources are endowed with discretionary decision-making power and thus have competitive advantage over the other resources. Besides, HR combines other resources in the right mix to formulate appropriate strategies for the accomplishment of the desired objectives of the enterprise. This essential attribute of HR assist the enterprise to make rightful decisions and respond effectively to the threats and opportunities within the environment of the organization. Thus the enterprise depends highly on its HR for success and survival. This dependence continuously is increasing considering the complex and turbulent nature of the business environment of this century. The management of HR is complex and problematic because the individuals as workers hardly adapt or voluntarily embrace the objectives of the organization. As individuals, the employees have needs, aspirations, motivations, desires and interests which influence their behaviour at work but unfortunately these objectives are sometimes in conflict with the corporate objectives of the enterprise. In reconciling this conflicting interests Human Resources Management and Planning are useful tools employed in harmonizing the needs of the employees with the goals and objectives of the organization on a continuous basis. TRADITIONAL FUNCTIONS HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT In a nutshell, the primary task of HRM is to ensure that the organization HR are utilized and managed effectively. HR practitioners are saddled with the responsibility of designing and implementing policies and

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International Journal of Economics and Management Sciences

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