Purpose – This study adopts the popular culture lens to investigate the collective understanding behind the human resources (HR) occupations. Design/methodology/approach – The empirical study analyzes 129 characters from 87 movies, television (TV) series, books and comics. The measurement model was tested using structural equation modeling and cluster analysis identified five HR representations in the popular culture. Findings – Popular culture reflects five HR representations: The Executor, the Hero, the Buddy, the Bore, and the Good-time person. Results suggest that public opinion pays scarce attention to the so-called HR “strategic position” while underlining the need for a more socially responsible HR approach. Originality/value – The authors’ study serves as a means for integrating past research on HR role and reputation, occupational image, self-identity and popular media. While most scholars have addressed popular culture as a single case and paid almost no attention to the HR domain, this article complements the literature by offering a fruitful way to distil HR summative popular culture representations, thus advocating for both a theoretical and a methodological contribution.

Bissola, R., Imperatori, B., HR specialists in the spotlight: aggregating popular culture representations to highlight the underlying occupational image, <<EMPLOYEE RELATIONS>>, 2022; 44 (7): 129-148. [doi:10.1108/ER-12-2021-0529] [https://hdl.handle.net/10807/218109]

HR specialists in the spotlight: aggregating popular culture representations to highlight the underlying occupational image

Bissola, Rita
;
Imperatori, Barbara
2022

Abstract

Purpose – This study adopts the popular culture lens to investigate the collective understanding behind the human resources (HR) occupations. Design/methodology/approach – The empirical study analyzes 129 characters from 87 movies, television (TV) series, books and comics. The measurement model was tested using structural equation modeling and cluster analysis identified five HR representations in the popular culture. Findings – Popular culture reflects five HR representations: The Executor, the Hero, the Buddy, the Bore, and the Good-time person. Results suggest that public opinion pays scarce attention to the so-called HR “strategic position” while underlining the need for a more socially responsible HR approach. Originality/value – The authors’ study serves as a means for integrating past research on HR role and reputation, occupational image, self-identity and popular media. While most scholars have addressed popular culture as a single case and paid almost no attention to the HR domain, this article complements the literature by offering a fruitful way to distil HR summative popular culture representations, thus advocating for both a theoretical and a methodological contribution.
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Bissola, R., Imperatori, B., HR specialists in the spotlight: aggregating popular culture representations to highlight the underlying occupational image, <<EMPLOYEE RELATIONS>>, 2022; 44 (7): 129-148. [doi:10.1108/ER-12-2021-0529] [https://hdl.handle.net/10807/218109]
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